MSM 548: 135 Critical Voices


Shawn and Troy theoretically discuss the end of the year. Dave finds inspiration with End of the Year activities. 


  • At the job interview, they asked me, “Where do you see yourself in five years?”
  • I told them, “I think we’ll still be using mirrors in five years.”

  • How many clickbait articles does it take to change a lightbulb? The answer will shock you!

  • How do you make a water bed bouncier? 
  • Add spring water.

  • I always knock on the fridge door before opening it, just in case there’s a salad dressing.

  • Where do dads store their dad jokes? 
  • In the dad-a-base.

  • I tried to start a professional hide-and-seek team, but it didn’t work out. 
  •  Turns out, good players are hard to find.

  • A cop started crying while he was writing me a ticket. I asked him why and he said, “It’s a moving violation.”

  • What is the difference between a literalist and a kleptomaniac?
  • A comma. A literalist takes everything literally. A kleptomaniac takes everything, literally.

  • I just found out Albert Einstein existed. My whole life I thought he was a theoretical physicist.

  • Why is it a bad idea to eat a clock? 
  • Because it’s so time-consuming.

  • Why should you never brush your teeth with your left hand? 
  • Because a toothbrush works better.

  • I like to spend my weekends playing chess with elderly men in the park. But it’s becoming more difficult.
  • You try finding exactly32 old guys.

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

K12Science Podcast: Finding Inspiration as the School Year Winds Down

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

In this issue, I read the “Editor’s Note” column, written by Elizabeth Barrett-Zahn.  She wrote an article entitled, “Finding Inspiration as the Year Winds Down.”

This is the time of the year when teachers need a boost of energy or inspiration to help finish the school year.  One way of finding that boost of energy is to create space for large-scale investigations and in-depth activities where the students are in the driver’s seat.

Reports from the Front Lines

  • June 6th Genius Week
  • End of the School Year Strategies
  • Meta Cognition

The Twitterverse  

Jack Berckemeyer  @JBerckemeyer

Parents- As the school year comes to an end-send an email to your child’s teacher and administrator and thank them for keeping your child safe while they are at school. Thank them for teaching the values of kindness and empathy. Tell educators you appreciate them. They need it!

Shake Up Learning  @ShakeUpLearning

Teach Like the Tonight Show: Internet Pop Quiz w/ Google Slides (Teacher Ed.)  #edtech


I ate a kid’s meal at McDonalds yesterday. I have to say his mother sure overreacted.

Bob Harrison  @bharrisonEDU

With the rise of GPT-3 and other text generators, all bets are off on the authenticity and educational value of any written assignment.

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


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