MSM 529: They’re Decorating the Hall, But We’re Decorating Our Brains!


Shawn and Troy talk real-world connections, books, vacation plans, teaching strategies and more. Dave goes Graphic (Novels that is). 


You’ve heard of Elf on a Shelf? How about?

Cosine on a bovine


Prime on a lime

Goose on a Moose

Here’s a fun fact: 

  • Nothing starts with N and ends with G

My friend was at a local bar & grill when a woman at a table a few feet away from me sneezed and her glass eye came out and he caught it.  He handed it back to her and she popped it in and said thank you. She was a beautiful woman. Gorgeous face stunning body and a beautiful smile to boot. The woman of his dreams, right in front of him. A few moments pass by and she comes up to him and asks for his number and he looked around the room. Surely she must’ve been mistaken. He said “ who me?!!!?” She said “yes of course you. I don’t usually do this kind of thing but you just sort of caught my eye.”

I went out to dinner the other night. I had reservations…

  • But I went anyway

I’m working on a new skill

  • I’m levitating birds

If you melt dry ice, can you take a bath without getting wet?

You know what they say about cliffhangers….

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

K12Science Podcast:  Graphic Novels

I was recently reading the November/December 2021 issue of “The Science Teacher” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  

In this issue, I read an article entitled “Picture This! The Versatility of Graphic Novels in Science Class” written by Rachelle Haroldson.  

The popularity of graphic novels is not surprising.  They are colorful and engaging, marrying text to images, with diverse characters doing everything from struggling with their tennis game to solving engineering problems to battling villains from the Multiverse.

Reports from the Front Lines

  • Vacation Time
    • MAMSE Conference Presentation
  • The Christmas Season
  • TikTok Challenge

The Twitterverse  

John R. Sowash  @jrsowash

Here is a list of my favorite Chrome Apps and Extensions for K-12 classroom! #techTools #Chromebook #ChromebookEDU

EL Magazine  @ELmagazine

“Decades of research [reveal] how educators can support & teach key skills like self-regulation. Nowhere in the literature do researchers recommend that we shame children into being compliant.” @leeannjung @domsmithRP  Tear Down Your Behavior Chart!

Typical EduCelebrity  @EduCelebrity 

If we want students to stop using TikTok, then teachers need to start using it. It will no longer be cool for them.  



Proposals Open December 6, 2021 – January 2nd 2022 Calling all Exploratory Teachers! What can you #share to help #transform another exploratory #classroom or school?

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



We investigated the relative efficacy of pretesting (i.e., errorful generation) and posttesting (i.e., retrieval practice), two of the most prominent practice test types in the literature to date. Pretesting involves taking tests before to-be-learned information is studied, whereas posttesting involves taking tests after information is studied.


The Birthday Problem

Common Language (Other than English or Spanish)

Slang of the Week

Yassification: Applying several layers of something that should be good to glam up or make something sound/appear better, even though the result ends up being something cringey or contrived. (Ex: That selfie she thought looked good got completely yassified with all the FaceTune she used.)

Web Spotlight:  

Something to Carry You Into The Break

Seraphic Fire’s rendition of “Goodnight Dear Heart”

Random Thoughts . . .  

Personal Web Site   

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