MSM 501: Door Prize, Field Trip, Paraphrasing, Interstitially.


Shawn and Troy share pandemic strategies, a site about paraphrasing, and more. Dave has some Field Trip information for a lifetime. 


I didn’t understand using mechanical keyboards. I used one the other day, and suddenly

  • It clicked

I switched all the labels on our spices at home. I’m not in trouble yet, but

  • The thyme is cumin

I went to Spelling bee:

  • Announcer: Your word is “embarrassing”
  • Student: That’s OK you can say it.
  • Announcer: It’s really embarrassing
  • Student: I promise not to laugh

There were 3 sailors on a boat. They had 4 cigarettes, but nothing to light them with. How did they solve their issue?

  • Throw one of the cigarettes overboard. The boat then becomes a “cigarette lighter”.

You know the rule, i before e except after C. This has been disproved by science. 

I hired a handyman. I gave him a list of jobs. He only did 1, 3, and 5

  • Yep, he only does odd jobs. 

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Field Trips Last a Lifetime

I was recently reading the January/February 2021 issue of “The Science Teacher” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the section “Current Science Classroom” written by Chris Anderson.  Chris wrote an article entitled “Field Trips Last a Lifetime.”

Nothing can replace the authenticity and impact of an in-person field experience for kids, however, until the public health and school funding battles are won it’s up to us to get creative and bring the world to our students.

Reports from the Front Lines

  • Roman Emperors – Pokemon Go    
  • Weighted Survey in Moodle
  • Who is doing the work?


Rocking Chair Hat Knitter

Challenge: Combine two things into one useful thing.

The Twitterverse  

Typical EduCelebrity @EduCelebrity

Administrators: when school is fully back to normal, you better have one …. of a special pencil to give on Teacher Appreciation Day.

Bob Harrison  @R_O_Harrison

Engagement is higher when curriculum is a conversation.

Georgia Association for Middle Level Education  @GAMLEtoday

What advice would you offer your former self? #MLEM21AMLE #AMLE #gamle #mschat

Ditch That Textbook  @DitchThatTxtbk

Q3 Where would you guide a new teacher to go to get informal pd and to build their PLN? #Ditchbook

Bob Harrison  @R_O_Harrison

Didn’t know it had a name: The Carrot Principle. One of the 1000+ things that makes @Smhearty the great genuine leader he is. @Gwizzy, @kennibc, tech dept.: I’m sure you’d agree that we don’t have a greater advocate, guide, encourager, or cheerleader than Troy Patterson.  

Dr. Joanne Freeman  @jbf1755

I do wave at the end of Zoom calls. Someone (@TheTattooedProf?) named these end-of-Zoom-meetings waves “muppet waves”—and they will be that for me forever.

#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.  And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” 


National Virtual Teacher Association Resources


Paraphrasing tool

Web Spotlight:  

Female historians and male nurses do not exist, Google Translate tells its European users

If you were to read a story about male and female historians translated by Google, you might be forgiven for overlooking the females in the group. The phrase “vier Historikerinnen und Historiker” (four male and female historians) is rendered as “cuatro historiadores” (four male historians) in Spanish, with similar results in Italian, French and Polish. Female historians are simply removed from the text.

Random Thoughts . . .  

ArchiTechs of Learning

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