MSM 556: Rules Quiz and Your Parents


Shawn and Troy talk about shock therapy for the kids, go on several tangents, share ideas and more . Dave has energy literacy for all. 


Did you hear about the middle schooler was sprayed deodorant into the mouth?

  • Now he talks with a weird axe-scent

My next-door neighbor keeps boasting that his Golden Retriever dog can bring a ball back from nearly half a mile away.

  • Does that seem a bit far-fetched to you..?

Why should you never scream into a colander?

  • You’ll strain your voice

My wife and I laugh at how competitive we are. 

  • But, I laugh more

Yesterday I spotted an albino Dalmatian

  • It was the best I could do for him

What is the most mythical vegetable?

  • A unicorn

I’ve entered our neighborhoods annual tightest hat competition

  • Just hope I can pull it off this year..

I’m changing my username to “Nobody”

  • That way when I post something stupid I can like it and it will say, “Nobody likes this”

I just saw a burglar kick in his own door

  • He must have been working from home

I was going to rent a Bouncy House this weekend, but it is too expensive. 

  • Mainly due to inflation.

I’m not a fan of elevator music.

  • It’s bad on every level.

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Energy Literacy

I was recently reading the July/August 2022 issue of “Science Scope” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association. In this issue, I read the Editor’s Corner, written by Patty McGinnis.  She wrote a column entitled, “Energy Literacy.”  

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) defines energy literacy as “an understanding of the nature and role of energy in the world and daily lives accompanied by the ability to apply this understanding to answer questions and solve problems.”

Reports from the Front Lines

The Twitterverse 

Mark Tait  @marktait78

Artist formerly known as Prince.  

Typical EduCelebrity   @EduCelebrity

I wish King Charles III the best in his leadership. All of the history teachers are hoping it goes better than it did for Charles II.

Susie Dent  @susie_dent

Word of the morning is ‘thole’ (14th century): tolerance and forbearance, as towards other people’s feelings and points of view.

Susie Dent  @susie_dent

Word of the day is ‘finifugal’ (19th century): regretting the end of something, such as a good book, or the summer.

Chris Hladczuk  @chrishlad

Make how to search Google mandatory in school:

Dr. Lena Pearlman, LCSW @drlenapearlman


Do you teach Social Studies? Yes?!? Save these 11 YouTube channels created just for you. via A Page Out of History #sschat #teachertwitter #edu

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



FlashCards – Flippity

Turn a Google Spreadsheet into flashcards. Here is a great explainer from Richard Byrne. Flippity allows terms to be read out loud. You can include videos and images.



Abbott & Costello 7 x 13 = 28

AXIS:  The Culture Translator

Into the Spooniverse

What it is: An online community of young women who live with chronic pain, called “spoonies” drew attention this week for the ways they post about their illnesses online. #Spoonie has 867 million views on TikTok.  

Beast of Burger

What it is: YouTuber Mr. Beast launched the first brick-and-mortar location of his burger joint at the American Dream Mall in New Jersey.

Song of the Week:  

“Tití Me Preguntó” by Bad Bunny: still orbiting the top of music charts alongside Bad Bunny’s other major hit “Me Porto Bonito,” this song is about having a lot of girlfriends, and swapping them out whenever he gets bored. Toward the end, Bunny says he wants to fall in love, but can’t, because he’s addicted to the novelty. The song is almost entirely in Spanish, and the title roughly translates to “Auntie asked me,” as in, “Auntie asked me if I have a lot of girlfriends.” For the (Spanish) lyrics, click here; for a video with Spanish and English side-by-side, click here.

Web Spotlight:  

The U.S. diet is deadly. Here are 7 ideas to get Americans eating healthier

the typical American diet is shortening the lives of many Americans. Diet-related deaths outrank deaths from smoking, and about half of U.S. deaths from heart disease – nearly 900 deaths a day – are linked to poor diet.

Girls vs. Stereotypes

Challenge prevailing cultural stereotypes and societal barriers that erode girls’ confidence, leadership and potential.

From August 15 – September 15 we will be launching a topic called, “Girls vs. Stereotypes” and calling for photos of real, confident girls that break barriers and promote gender equality.

How we are going to make it last:

In addition to encouraging more diverse submissions, to combat the societal biases that AI perpetuates in Search, Unsplash is making some tweaks to its algorithm by adding diversity tags to the accepted images which will feature more inclusive photos at the top of Search. Because when you change the algorithm, you change people’s perceptions of what girls can and should look like.

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