MSM 540: Nobody Crosses Chuck Norris


Shawn and Troy talk about Spring Break, Learning Loss, and more. Dave journals Nature. 


I’m thinking of getting trained to use trucks in reverse.

  • It’s a backup job

I talk to myself. 

  • Sometimes I need expert advice.

I asked my German student if he knew what 10-1 was equal to.

  • He told me no.

I just saw a Cure cover band. They were amazing. If anything, they were even better than the Cure. 

  • They’re called Prevention.

There’s a contest to name a bridge. The leading name is currently Chuck Norris. I don’t think that is going to work. 

  • Nobody crosses Chuck Norris

My day started out really bad. I rear ended a car so I got out with my documents. Out of the car I hit came a dwarf looking angry. I said you’re not Happy are you…that’s when the fight started.

I just saw a car being driven by a sheep in a swimsuit.

  • It was a Lamb Bikini

A friend of mine called and asked to meet at the music shop in 45. I made it in 33; which is record speed.

Did you know the word “gullible” is not in the dictionary? True, you can look it up. 

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Nature Journals

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, “Interdisciplinary Ideas,” written by Katie Coppens.  She wrote an article entitled, “Creating Confidence and Community Through Nature Journals.” 

Nature journals are a great tool for teaching students how to think about and express science in a way that’s individualized to their needs, while also connecting them to their classmates, teacher, and nature.  Nature journaling also allows students to grow in their ability to observe, reflect, and document their own scientific understanding.

Reports from the Front Lines

  • Summer PD
  • Moving buildings – chip shortage
  • Tools that you have
  • Instructional Coaching
  • Router Update
  • Apple Learning Coach

The Twitterverse  

Jack Berckemeyer  @JBerckemeyer

Middle School Educators- I am working on a list of what teams need from their admin. Some examples- Permission to be flexible with core time, ability to create reward systems for our students on our team, one parent communication log verse one per core teacher…… What else?

dailySTEM (Chris Woods)  @dailystem

Hey teachers…here’s a fun paper project on @instructables for your students… Instructions:

The Kyiv Independent@KyivIndependent

Award-winning film composer Hans Zimmer interrupted his own concert in London on March 25 to show a video of Lviv-based pianist Alex Pian performing Zimmer’s pieces from the film Inception “Time,” amid air raids.  



I was today years old when I learned you can just drop an emoji on the GIF search bar and “POOF”… you get results… proving once again that I’m old as dirt.

Yasin Dahi  @ymdahi

5 New #H5P Content Types now available on #LibreStudio, bringing the total number to 55! There are also 6200+ openly licensed (mostly #CC) H5P in the Catalogue, making it the largest openly shared @H5PTechnology repo (I think?!) #OER

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



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Analyze My Writing

Several interesting choices. These could be used by students or teachers. 

  • Basic Text Statistics
  • Common Words and Phrases
  • Readability
  • Lexical Density
  • Passive Voice
  • Cloze Test


Civics Connected

Incredible Comparisons

The Art of Luca

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