MSM 557:  English Teachers Catch On About Week Ten


Shawn and Troy talk about current events, kids settling in, and more. Dave is dynamically focused on earth. 


Why do pirates make terrible construction workers

  • Because their timbers are always shivering

Where do pirates get their cannonballs from?

  • Target

How come pirates love to go to birthday parties?

  • For doubloons

What is a pirate’s favorite color?

  • Not sure, but it definitely isn’t red. They hate being marooned.

How much do pirates charge for corn?

  • A buccaneer

Where do pirates go for fast food?

  • Arby’s

Don’t joke about Dolphins.

  • They have no Porpoise.

Are you sweating while putting gas in your car? Feeling sick when paying for it?

  • You’ve got the Carownervirus

How do you get a country girl to be interested?

  • A tractor

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

K12Science Podcast:  Our Dynamic Earth

I was recently reading the September/October 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, “The Human Side of Our Dynamic Earth.”  

Unfortunately, an increasing number and severity of natural disasters has been tied to climate change.  While we may not be able to stop natural disasters from occurring, we can educate students about the link between climate change and natural disasters and the necessity of mitigating and adapting to climate change.

Reports from the Front Lines

  •  Current Events
    • Reuters News
    • Logical Fallacies
  • Books Being Removed

The Twitterverse  

Vikram Madan (OWL & PENGUIN, BBPP:THE FUNNY BOOK)  @artbyvikram

I will be releasing my #OWLandPENGUIN font when the O&P book comes out (Sept 27) along with an activity kit showing kids how to make coloring pages and mini-comics with it. If you have ideas for how kids can use this font, please comment. Made with @calligraphr_com

Lumi  @Lumieducation

You can now choose to show the Reuse/Download-, Embed-, License- or Copy- Button for your #H5P in your shared links.


Breaking it all down. via  @meagan_e_kelly  #edchat #teachertwitter #learning


Susie Dent  @susie_dent

Word of the day is ‘dumfungled’ (19th century): wearied, befuddled, and just a little used up.

Word of the day is ‘bethink’ (10th century): to take thought and reflect; to return to oneself for a moment.  

The Curious Iguana  @curiousiguana

The Queue is inspiring fiction. And it’s INCREDIBLE. Read it!    

And also music:

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


Newspaper Clipping


  • Clapper Board
  • Talking flowers
  • Talking cats
  • Ninja text


Tech Tools

15 of The Best TED Ed Riddles to Use with Students in Class


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Elections Resources

The website gives an analysis of polls for national races.  Nice graphic on the front page to help kids visualize the data.  Hover over the state for the numbers behind the analysis.  

Real Clear Politics:  

     Senate Map:  

     House Map:  

     Governors Races:  

Web Spotlight:  

Ig Nobel Awards

Why Some Teachers Don’t Want to Go ‘Back to Normal’

By Daniel Lempres

The middle school boys thought their teacher was a ‘creep.’ So they tracked how he treated the girls.

Random Thoughts . . .  

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