MSM 520: Friday at 3:00


Shawn and Troy discuss getting tired. The kids are returning to “normal”. Dave has a spoiler alert. 


What fruit do ghosts eat?

  • Boo berries

What do you call a typo on a tombstone?

  • A grave mistake

How do flat earthers travel?

  • On a plane

What do they call the employee of the month at a crematorium?

  • Top Urner

I have a friend who lives on a houseboat. He fell in love with the girl next door. 

  • Sadly, they drifted apart

I told a joke on Zoom yesterday. 

  • Apparently, it wasn’t remotely funny

Hey, I have a friend who is becoming a SuperHero:

  • He’s becoming TypoMan

Yep, he’s the writer of wrongs. 

I’d like to give a shout out to all the Librarians:

  • Oops, I’m sorry

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Spoiler Alert

I was recently reading the September/October 2021 issue of “Science Scope” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the section “Teacher’s Toolkit” written by Daniel J. Bergman.  Daniel wrote an article entitled “Spoiler Alert! Avoiding Hazards to Science Inquiry and Classroom Creativity.”

Spoilers can infiltrate our classrooms.  Science education “spoilers” are elements or behaviors that sabotage, short-circuit, and short-change the learning process and student creativity.  Here is a listing of several possible science education spoilers—hazards to authentic learning and creativity:

  1. Objectives
  2. Terminology
  3. Cookbook Labs
  4. Teachers
  5. Students

Reports from the Front Lines

  •   When setting an assignment in an LMS to time out on Friday at 3:00 and then the emails come in asking if it can be reopened . . . 
  • Troy’s 6th Grade story . . . 
  • Student Expectations

The Twitterverse  

Devorah Heitner  @DevorahHeitner

Excited to offer this FREE webinar for parents with @YourTeenMag! I’ll be w/ Dr. Nanika Coor and

@michelleicard we’re here to answer your questions re: middle schoolers & screens. #mschat #PTchat #ILedchat reg here: cc

@HeidiStevens13 @parentandteen

NCHE  @historyed

Did you miss today’s History Matters (…and so does coffee?) w/@jbf1755? While we’d love to see you in person, you can now watch the episode from today (and every day!) at our web, YouTube, and Facebook pages. #yayhistory #historymatters @HistoryNewbie #sschat @MatthewTMissias


The CDC said that social isolation, coronavirus-related deaths and stress weighed heavy on Americans, forcing many to confront new mental health challenges.  

Dr. Joanne Freeman  @jbf1755

Ok. I offer this story as a cautionary tale. Like everyone else, I’m out of practice traveling, esp. for business. So on the one hand, I made seamless travel arrangements to Philadelphia for today. On the other hand, my talk in Philadelphia is NEXT Friday. And there it is.  

𝙇𝙖𝙨𝙩 𝘿𝙖𝙮 𝐭𝐨 𝐉𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐓𝐂𝐄𝐀 𝐅𝐫𝐞𝐞!  @TCEA

Engagement Strategies ——— Teacher Trap #teachchat #educoach #learning #teachertwitter

Jack Berckemeyer

On 10/11-I will be doing Berckemeyer’s 21 days of Joy and Optimism Blitz. Here’s the catch it’s only on Instagram. I will be offering ideas to help educators lift their spirits, giving things away, and hopefully make you laugh. Like Cher, I only use one name for Insta-Berckemyer.  



CindySmith  @CindySmith

Why do people in Saskatchewan lock their offices? So their coworkers don’t distribute spaghetti squash! We all got new “paper weights” today! Thanks @RobinDubiel for sharing your bumper crop!  

Dr. Joanne Freeman  @jbf1755

8hHad a great idea today. How about heading to Philadelphia? (A JOKE—last week I went there by mistake. Today I actually DO have a lecture there. ) Amtrak and I, together again…

NCMLE – NC Association for Middle Level Education  @NCMiddle

We are one week away from the #SowToGrow Virtual Fall Symposium! Get your NCMLE membership renewed to take advantage of this free professional development!   

Alice Keeler  @alicekeeler

Curriculum Pacing Guide Loss  @jgvanides

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


Practical Ed-Tech Guide

MiddleWeb – Do You Sometimes Miss The Mute Button?

Interruptions as signs of enthusiasm.  

Document Analysis Worksheets

Document analysis is the first step in working with primary sources. Teach your students to think through primary source documents for contextual understanding and to extract information to make informed judgments.

Use these worksheets — for photos, written documents, artifacts, posters, maps, cartoons, videos, and sound recordings — to teach your students the process of document analysis.

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