MSM 539: Sap Risin’ Time!


Shawn and Troy talk about Julius Caesar, go on a rathole or two, and conferences. Dave is all about implicit bias. 


Where do you go if you are injured while playing Peek-a-Boo!?

  • The ICU

If the first picture is a pair of scissors, what is the second?

What if my dog only brings back the ball because she thinks I like throwing it?

Intentionally losing a game of rock, paper, scissors is just as hard as trying to win.

What has four letters, never has five letters, and always has six letters?

I was having dinner and the waitress screamed “does anyone know CPR?” I yelled, “I know the entire alphabet” and we all laughed and laughed. Well, except for this one guy.

People have always told me that icy is the easiest word to spell. Now that I think about it, 

  • I see why

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Implicit Bias

I was recently reading the March/April 2022 issue of “Science Scope” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the section, “From the Editor’s Desk,” written by Patty McGinnis.  She wrote an article entitled, “Implicit Bias Has No Room in the Classroom.” 

The tendency for stereotype-confirming thoughts to pass spontaneously through our minds is what psychologists call implicit bias.  One way to cultivate an awareness of our own implicit biases is to participate in Harvard University’s Project Implicit:

The project website contains numerous tests designed for individuals to uncover their biases. 

Reports from the Front Lines

  • Julius Caesar Forums
  • Conferences going in-person
    • ISTE hybrid
  • Looking forward to break
  • Surprise!  

The Twitterverse  

Dr. John Spencer  @spencerideas

Debunking 5 Myths About Project-Based Learning

Via  @edutopia

Nick LaFave @NFLaFave

Transform text with this awesome font generator. Choose from a variety of popular fonts from products to video games to movies and TV shows. #EdTech #EdChat #Fonts

TeacherGoals  @teachergoals·

For real! 

𝓓𝓪𝓿𝓮 𝓢𝓬𝓱𝓶𝓲𝓽𝓽𝓸𝓾 𝓔𝓭.𝓓.   @daveschmittou

Dear Principals- This spring, ask your staff if they can identify your three most important principles. You are a more effective principal if you have clearly defined and explicitly activated principles.

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



Axis:  The Culture Translator

  1. Tokking Points:  What it is: The White House briefed TikTok stars on the Russian invasion and subsequent humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.  
  2. Slang of the Week:  Flop era: a period in your life when it feels like everything is falling apart. (Ex: “That time my face was breaking out, my parents grounded me from my phone, and I couldn’t pass advanced calculus… that was my flop era.”)

Hemingway App

Useful for students to review their own writing. There are two modes, write and edit. Students get lots of feedback.

Habits for a Healthy Democracy

The principles, habits, and behaviors that are important to support a healthy democracy


Web Spotlight:

Does Teaching Experience Increase Teacher Effectiveness? A Review of the Research (Tara Kini and Anne Podolsky)

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