MSM 527: Squid Games . . .We Got You Mr. McGirr


Shawn and Troy start with a long discussion of online learning and lots of real-world experiences. Dave is going to Touch, Talk, and Text Science. 


The invention of the shovel was groundbreaking.

But it was the invention of numbers that really counted.

I’ll be if Big Ben in London ever stops working, crews would be working around the clock to fix it. 

How do stars prepare for a party?

  • They planet

How does Moses make his coffee?

  • He brews it

What sound does a piano make when thrown down a coal mine?

  • A Flat Minor

Why does Snoop Dogg carry an Umbrella?

  • Fo’Drizzle

A guy walks into a restaurant, but doesn’t know what to get. He tells the server, “I’m not very hungry, I just want something easy.”

The server says “maybe the chicken strips for $6?”

The guys answers, “maybe he does, but that doesn’t help with my hunger”. 

A Random Dad from across the restaurant yells: “Good One!”

I got a new car the other day. I couldn’t figure out my seatbelt. 

  • Then it clicked. 

How do you turn soup into gold? 

  • Add 24 carrots

The inventor of the Ferris Wheel never met the inventor of the Merry-Go-Round.

  • They traveled in different circles.

I’m thinking of getting into the crane business.

  • I hear it’s really booming

There’s a large oil company that is announcing that they are going to produce fuel from insect urine. 

  • I think it’s BP

What do you get when you mix a joke with a rhetorical question?

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Touch, Talk, Text

I was recently reading the November/December 2021 issue of “Science & Children” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read an article entitled “Touch, Talk, Text” written by Sarah J. Carrier, Jill F. Grifenhagen, and Danielle Scharen.  They wrote an article entitled “Touch, Talk, Text.”

Traditional approaches to science instruction often include reading science text, some hands-on science experiences, and teaching science language in isolation.  They propose instead that teachers integrate touch, talk, and text in their science instruction to support authentic scientific inquiry and disciplinary literacy for students.

Reports from the Front Lines

  • Writing letters to other students (like maybe in China)

The Twitterverse  

Typical EduCelebrity   @EduCelebrity

School Leaders, it’s unfair to ask teachers to buy their own classroom supplies. Instead, have the PTO start a grant program where money is given to teachers for these expenses. Solicit donations to this fund from teachers since they are benefiting from this after all. #edchat

Brian Briggs (he/him/his)  @bribriggs

For day 4 of the #createwithchrome Advent of Activities, the great @mrshowell24shares a THIS OR THAT Holiday Edition! Check it out!

Brad Dale  @bradjdale

New features on your Chromebook Dec 1, 2021 Create a video, scan a doc, and a QR reader.

Vince DiGrandi  @Principal_MrD

This Decade-Long Experiment In Teacher Evaluation Is An Unsurprising Failure

Alan Stein, Jr.  @AlanSteinJr

THIS is culture…


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


15 Second Video Vocab Challenge

To see what we mean, check out this compilation of 60 winning vocabulary videos. In less time than it takes to watch a sitcom episode, you can practice words you might already know, like distill and nocturnal, and learn some new ones — how about obsequious, callow and peregrination?

Reading Strategies

Background knowledge and strategy instruction were associated with significantly larger effects…

Interventions that included instructional enhancements (graphic organizers and technology) demonstrated significantly lower effects (g =.45) than those that built background knowledge or focused on comprehension strategies.


Want to change a website? (*Or, know that this is possible, kids do.)

Richard Byrne has a nice example:

Spinner Wheel

You can enter your own options. Can be used to provide differentiation options for kids. 


AMLE Playbook Challenge!  

“The middle grades are a pivotal time in students’ development, as they begin to form their identity and envision the future. Career exploration is a cornerstone of this process and is associated with both positive educational and employment outcomes, keeps students engaged in school, and helps them develop a better sense of self. That’s why ASA and AMLE have teamed up to create Career Exploration in the Middle Grades: A Playbook for Educators that offers a roadmap that ANY school can use to create an impactful program for their students.”  Video:  

Web Spotlight:  


AXIS – The Culture Translator

Squid Game Sponcon

What it is: YouTuber Mr. Beast released a real-life, blood-free version of the runaway hit show Squid Game. The slickly produced video was sponsored to the tune of $3.5 million by a mobile game called Brawl Stars.

Unreal Estate

What it is: Speaking of screens, your Gen Zer’s first home may only exist in virtual reality. There’s a real estate boom in the metaverse, er, metaverses, and developers are snapping up virtual properties (and yachts) for millions of dollars.

YikYak Is Back

What it is: The controversial anonymous gossip app YikYak returned to the internet this week, promising to behave itself better than last time.

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