MSM 550: Spuddling Along


Troy and Shawn talk about the end of the year, summer, presentations, and more. Dave is about making scientists from students.


Two fish are in a tank.

  • One fish turns to the other and says: “Do you know how to drive this thing?”

Did you hear about the burglar who always stole some soap in his crimes? 

  • He wanted to make a clean getaway.

What musical genre are anthems?

  • Country.

What do you call a Bee that lives in America? 

  • A US B

I just bought a new first aid kit.

  • I thought that I’d treat myself

Did you hear about the actor who fell through the floorboards? 

  • He was just going through a stage.

A pirate lost his leg. He was able to walk again after getting an iron leg to replace it, but the leg soon rusted and he could no longer walk.

  • Oh the iron knee!

Where do bad card players go to be “pun”ished?

  • They go to solitaire-y confinement.

Why could Bill Clinton always match his VP’s dance steps?

  • He knew the Al Gore rhythm.

Middle School Science Minute

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

K12Science Podcast: Do Students Work Like Scientists?

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 “Science 101” column, written by Matt Bobrowsky.  He wrote an article entitled, “What Makes a Great Science Investigation?”

Real-world science doesn’t involve a series of steps, and there’s not always a single correct answer.  Real science is exploration and discovery and lots of fun!  Scientific investigations are open-ended and can keep being extended or expanded, so too is learning an ongoing endeavor.  Isaac Asimov said, “Education isn’t something you can finish.”

Reports from the Front Lines

  • Graduation
  • Summer Plans
  • Presentations 
    • AMLE November – H5P Tools  
    • ACTEM 
      • H5P
      • Moodle
      • Open Source Options
      • OER
  • Genius Week Radio
    • Great way to set the tone, set expectations
  • Reflections

The Twitterverse  

Ian Jukes  @ijukes


Megan Basham  @megbasham

Here’s what I would like my from punditry class. I would like them to be able to argue that something is bad, even very bad, without resorting the most superlative, hyperbolic terms they can find. When everything is an apocalypse, nothing is.  

Megan Basham  @megbasham

According to the most comprehensive Department of Education study, roughly 10 percent of K-12 public school students experience sexual misconduct at the hands of a school employee. How much is the media writing about this?

Typical EduCelebrity  @EduCelebrity


Dan Van der Vieren  @RTBCoaching

Replying to @EduCelebrity

“Good” is not a strong enough adjective in this context. Please provide one that really honors those who desire the opportunity to spend nearly the entire year with students. Thank you for your consideration. 

Jenna  @jennavd22

Sounds about right. Happy Thursday to all you fellow spuddlers.

Cayne Letizia  @CayneLetizia

anyone: “I’m not a teacher but if I were…”


Todd Sepulveda  @tsepulveda

Chromebook shortcut stickers in @jrsowash session in the Cypress Room!

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


Dropdown in Google Docs

  • Group work
  • Tracking
  • Emoji
  • Rubrics


Interesting State Names


There is only one country with a non-quadralineal flag.


Limit voting rights in 3 easy steps. (And how to teach your students about it.) Gerrymandering 101.

Quick primer. Gerrymandering is the legislative act of creating voting maps that favor your particular political party.

AXIS:  The Culture Translator

Time to Wake Up

What it is: The state of California will require all public high schools to start classes no earlier than 8:30am.  

La Croke

What it is: A viral hack for “healthy” Coke on TikTok requires two ingredients: balsamic vinegar and any flavor of sparkling beverage.  Why it’s dividing the internet: The original post about the trend, which apparently was invented by @mandyjones’ Pilates instructor, has over 5 million views. Several famous influencers plopping a splash of balsamic in their La Croix and hoping for the best. People who have tried the fad seem to be divided firmly into two camps: “This tastes better than I thought” vs. “This is absolute internet madness.” If your family is curious, it could be fun to give this one a try together — although with the caveat that there is no clear health benefit to drinking fizzified acid, Coke or no coke.

Slang of the Week

Mid: used on TikTok to describe something that’s simply average, poor, or mediocre; based on a TikTok that went viral in December 2021 in which wrestler Maxwell Friedman was seen declaring, “It’s called the Midwest because every single person who lives here is… mid!”

Web Spotlight:

7 Interesting Facts About Ancient Pyramids

How 6 Sports Teams Got Their Distinctive Names

Nepal has one of the most unusual time zones in the world.

Random Thoughts . . .  

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