MSM 533: If You Swing a Cursor, You’ll Hit an Assignment . . .


Shawn and Troy talk about Wordle, subs, trying to throw the teacher under the bus, and more. Dave talks about the challenges of science teaching with all that is going on. 


What happens if a psychic gets amnesia?

  • Do they forget things that haven’t happened yet?

I got a new calendar for this year. Someone ripped out the 5th month. 

  • I’m dismayed. 

Most orchestra’s are just 1800’s cover bands. 

I got fired from the watch factory. 

  • The Boss saw me making faces.

Singing in the shower is fun….until it becomes a soap opera. 

Is it just me or are circles pointless?

Poop jokes aren’t my favorite, but they’re a strong number two. 

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Science Teaching Challenges

I was recently reading the January/February 2022 issue of “Science Scope” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the “Editor’s Desk” written by Patty McGinnis.   She wrote an article entitled “Science Teaching Challenges.”

The pandemic has been extremely challenging in ways that could never have been anticipated.  How do teachers keep emotionally healthy, given the tremendous stress that they are under?

Reports from the Front Lines

  • And Here’s The Logs
  • Subs

The Twitterverse  


Social Emotional Art Choice Board _______  @msavasartroom  #teaching #sel #art #edutwitter

Typical EduCelebrity   @EduCelebrity

Wordle 219 1/6 

English teachers: If your student’s Wordles don’t look like this on a daily basis, then you don’t belong in this profession.

Obe Hostetter (Math version of Wordle). It can be challenging…. An easier math version is   Ooodle  #wordle #math #brainteasers

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


Why Wordle Works, According to Desmos Lesson Developers

  • Failure is expected.
  • Effective feedback.
  • Different routes to the same answer.
  • Your learning results in a product you can share.
  • It’s social.

Something crucial IMO is that you can’t get behind in Wordle. Just like you can’t binge on Wordle games, you can’t develop a backlog of Wordle games either. “I should really catch up on Wordle,” is something no one has said, which may make it feel easier to pick it back up.


Wordle Inspired Games

“Wordle has inspired the creation of many other grid-based word and number games. I’m listing some that teachers might like to offer students. If you have a suggestion, please leave it in a comment.”

Apple Personal Safety Guide

Interesting and useful tips. 


Web Spotlight:

Fake You

I got mixed results on this.

The Importance of ELL Strategies – Immersion (Moises in Math Class)

Using untrained child actors from public schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, “Immersion” plunges its audience into the visceral experience of a child who cannot understand his teacher. The film puts a human face on the debate about the education of English Language Learners. 

Slang of the Week

Unalive myself/yourself: tongue-in-cheek way of talking about dying by suicide; sometimes used as a way to evade cyberbullying filters on social media sites that would block suicide content. (Ex: “There was no way I was going to pass the chem test today but we got three extra days to study so I don’t have to unalive myself just yet.”)

Random Thoughts . . .  

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