MSM 546:  We Don’t Say That Outloud


Shawn and Troy talk about the end of the school year, visual literacy, and more. Dave has an important minute on equity. 


Someone complimented my parking today! 

  • They left a sweet note on my windshield that said “parking fine.”

I just applied for a job down at the diner. 

  • I told them I really bring a lot to the table.

“Cop: I’m arresting you for downloading the entire Wikipedia.” 

  • Man: “Wait! I can explain everything!”

I’m Buzz Aldrin, second man to step on the moon. 

  • Neil before me.

This year’s Fibonacci convention is going to be really special. 

  • Apparently it’s as big as the last two put together.

I’m addicted to collecting vintage Beatles albums.

  • I need Help.

In 2017 I didn’t do a marathon. I didn’t do one in 2018, 2019, or 2020, either. 

  • This is a running joke.

Ever since we started quarantining, I’ve only been telling inside jokes.

If you’re feeling depressed, try drinking a gallon of water before you go to sleep. 

  • It’ll give you a reason to get out of bed in the morning.

My landlord told me we need to talk about the heating bill. 

  • “Sure,” I said. “My door is always open.”

I built a model of Mount Everest and my son asked if it was to scale. 

  • “No,” I said. “It’s to look at.”

My friend claims he glued himself to his autobiography. 

  • I don’t believe him, but that’s his story and he’s sticking to it.

When I was a kid, my mother told me I could be anyone I wanted to be. 

  • Turns out, identity theft is a crime.

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Equity in the Science Classroom

I was recently reading the May/June 2022 issue of “Science Scope” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  

In this issue, I read the “From the Editor’s Desk” column, written by Patty McGinnis.  She wrote an article entitled, “Equity in the Science Classroom.”

Despite advances in science education, there remains an opportunity gap; historically underperforming populations often opt out of advanced courses and are not equitably represented in the STEM fields.  As teachers, we are tasked with closing this gap through practices that allow all students to succeed and thrive.

Reports from the Front Lines

  • The Heat is On!  Warm Weather Behavior 
  • MoodleMoot IE & UK 2022  
  • The Beginning of the End
  • PD Plans
  • Created vs Creation

The Twitterverse  

Frank Noschese@fnoschese

Did this in class today. 10/10 would recommend

Quote Tweet

     Joe Cossette  @cossettej

New Blog Post!!

My students needed extra practice on multiple choice questions but I wanted something more group-worthy and interactive, so I created a game called “MCwordle”. All of the details and files are shared in on the blog.  

Alice Keeler  @alicekeeler

8 Google Classroom BUMMERS

Richard Byrne  @rmbyrne

How to Create and Send Personalized Certificates in Google Workspace

Nika Melkozerova  @NikaMelkozerova

Bonnie and Clyde were presented as “Ancestors who faught Nazism until victory” during a concert dedicated to May 9 celebration in Russia. Ahahah. That explains looting.

Ukrainian Memes Forces  @uamemesforces

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


24 ideas for creating a discussion-rich classroom


AXIS The Culture Translator

It Takes a Dataset

What it is: A tool called the Opportunity Atlas shows that choosing where your children will grow up might be one of the most important indicators of their earning potential and stability.  

Slang of the Week

Buy the Dip: A term used by crypto enthusiasts and in-app daytraders to mean “buy when the market gets low,” now being used sarcastically to refer to something that’s going down and probably not going to come back up; the joke is that since everyone’s assets are tanked, nobody can buy the dip. (Ex: “Robin: I can’t believe this, my entire savings just crashed now that Dogecoin is worth nothing.” “Little John: Well, you know what they say — buy the dip!”)

Old Maps Online

Living Wage Calculator


Families and individuals working in low-wage jobs make insufficient income to meet minimum standards given the local cost of living. We developed a living wage calculator to estimate the cost of living in your community or region based on typical expenses. The tool helps individuals, communities, and employers determine a local wage rate that allows residents to meet minimum standards of living.

Web Spotlight:

Why So Many Teachers Are Leaving, and Why Others Stay

Rollins College Commencement Speaker

Rollins College valedictorian Elizabeth Bonker ’22, who is affected by non-speaking autism and communicates solely by typing, urges her fellow graduates to use their voices, serve others, and see the value in everyone they meet.

Random Thoughts . . .  

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