MSM 503: Two is plural; Just Between You, Me, and Every Listener


Shawn and Troy share the importance of family, discuss less work, more focus, types of noise, and Gallery walk ideas. Dave drops some citizen science (and a bit of a red herring).


I was singing Monkees songs the other day. My friend said that she’d had enough. I wasn’t sure. 

  • Then I say her face. 
  • Now, I’m a Believer

If a piano falls you, your head would B-flat

We’re house hunting right now. In one house, I looked up and told my wife “that’s a pretty good ceiling. It’s not the best, but it’s up there”. 

Of all the inventions over the last 100 years, the dry-erase board has to be the most remarkable. 

The average person is really mean. 

Why did the illiterate witch get kicked out of the coven? 

  • She couldn’t spell

Where did the college aged vampire like to shop?

  • Forever 21

I tried to come up with a joke about social distancing, but this is as close as I could get. 

I don’t know why Marvel hasn’t put advertisements on the hulk. He is essentially a giant banner. 

Accidentally played Dad instead of dead when I encountered a bear. Now it can ride a bike without training wheels. 

Eileen Award:  

  • Twitter:  Todd Bloch  

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

River Herring: A Citizen Science Project

I was recently reading the March/April 2021 issue of “Science Scope” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association. In this issue, I read the section “Citizen Science” written by Jill Nugent.  Jill wrote an article entitled “The Return of the River Herring.”

The Mystic River Herring Education Project is an online citizen science project with a user-friendly website full of information and resources.  To engage in the citizen science project, students will visit the project home page and watch short video clips of migrating river herring.  They will count the number of river herring that they observe swimming from right to left on the screen.  To learn more, visit:

Reports from the Front Lines

  • The push to the end of the year . . . 
  • Training vs Education
  • Concepts vs Buttons
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‘So Deep And So Rich’: Seniors Stay Connected Via Their New Life On Zoom

While many of us are suffering from “Zoom fatigue,” I found these women were invigorated by the virtual platform, and just as committed as ever to their meeting every week to discuss their writing.

The Twitterverse  

Typical EduCelebrity   @EduCelebrity

  1. Those who think kids can’t write a full essay haven’t seen the subject lines of emails they send to their teachers.
  2. Sometimes the most effective therapy a teacher gets is the discussion one has with their colleague going to and from their car in the parking lot.  
  3. We need to stop pushing college on every single student. There are good paying jobs that do not require a college education. Somebody, after all, needs to run your inservices.

Shane  @theedpodcast

Be honest: when was the last time you updated your teacher blog?

𝓓𝓪𝓿𝓮 𝓢𝓬𝓱𝓶𝓲𝓽𝓽𝓸𝓾 𝓔𝓭.𝓓.  @daveschmittou

Today, instead of just hitting retweet on a good idea, go to your calendar and put some action on your schedule to put the idea into practice.

Kim Campbell  @KimCamp4Kids

#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.  And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!”  Eileen Award for Todd Bloch’s recommendation on Twitter.  


25 sites for students with free time on their hands

When students are done with an assignment or project, how can they spend extra time wisely? These sites give them something academic to chew on.

The Wakelet

*I find this completely overwhelming. 

13 Effective Study Strategies to Help Students Learn

Between kindergarten and twelfth grade, students are expected to learn how to study, schedule their time and complete sizable assignments without procrastinating. Yet these skills often aren’t taught explicitly. With the increased self-sufficiency necessitated by virtual education, educators and parents can help students learn and manage their goals more effectively by directly teaching study skills.


The Louvre

The Collections database consists of entries for more than 480,000 works in the Musée du Louvre and Musée National Eugène-Delacroix. Updated on a daily basis, it is the result of the continuous research and documentation efforts carried out by teams of experts from both museums.


Anagram Maker is designed to create anagrams by swapping letters in a name, word or phrase, resulting in new words. The generator uses all original letters.

Fake Airplane Tickets 

Rules of Sports

Decimal Blocks

Free and paid versions. Very visual representation of blocks. Could be useful to demonstrate or have kids demonstrate (screen capture).

Web Spotlight:  


The Culture Translator:  Slang of the Week

edgelord: a person who makes extremely dark or exaggerated statements on social media in order to get attention, be controversial, or be seen as “edgy.” (Ex: “That used to be my favorite online forum, until the edgelords took it over and started posting Joker memes.”)  

milkshake duck: someone who goes viral for something charming and funny, only to be revealed later as offensive or problematic. (Ex: I thought that meme about the stuck shipping container in the Suez Canal was funny, but then I found out the person who tweeted about it boils frogs to death for fun. Total milkshake duck.)  

redpilled: having become “enlightened” (or at least thinking you have become enlightened) about how the world really works, as Neo famously did in The Matrix movies. (Ex: “I used to think social media was just helping us connect with others… then I got redpilled.”)  

Gen Z is planning a Post Panny Party!  Use that one at the next teacher’s meeting . . . 

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