MSM 560: Under Pressure


Shawn and Troy talk about MAMLE, middle school concepts, micro-credentials, and more. Dave puts us under pressure.


Why did the skeleton refuse to go to the Halloween dance?

  • Because he had noBODY to dance with.

I asked my friend to spell wonton backward

  • To which he replied: NOT NOW!

If someone wants to call me a passive person…

  • I say let them.

Have you heard the rumor going around about butter?

  • Never mind, I shouldn’t spread it.

Did y’all hear about the cow who weighed a ton??

  • I personally think it’s a whole lot of bull.

Shoes keep your feet safe from injury.

  • That’s their sole purpose.

I met someone special in a Scottish ICU.

  • Alas…..

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

K12Science Podcast:  Air Pressure

I was recently reading the September/October 2022 issue of “Science & Children” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  

In this issue, I read the Science 101 column, written by Matt Bobrowsky.  He wrote a column entitled, “Do You Have a Weather-Related Activity That My Students Would Enjoy?”  

In this column, Matt addressed two topics:  Air Pressure and Barometers.  This leads me to do a two-part podcast series.  This podcast will look at the topic of air pressure and how it can be explained to students and the next podcast will deal with tool that measures air pressure – barometers.  Air pressure is the force exerted by air on any surface in contact with it.

Reports from the Front Lines

  • Monte Selby
    • Keynote by Mike Muir
    • Breakout Sessions
    • Dr. Monte Selby
      • NMSA 2010
      • Podcast history

The Twitterverse  


Who doesn’t love a Pixar Short? Here’s a list of how to use them in your classroom. via Adventures of Ms. Smith #edchat #learning #teachertwitter

Megan Vosk (she/her)  @megan_vosk

The @AMLE teacher-leader committee has written an article called. “So You’re A Teacher-Leader, Now What?” So proud to be a part of this team with @DrCameli @cmt215il @BioTeach704 @steph_auditore and others. #teacherleaders #middleschool #collaboration

Susie Dent  @susie_dent

Word of the day is ‘ramfeezled’ (18th century): feeling worn out, used up, and particularly enfeebled.

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


Extending Penmanship Lessons Beyond School – Edutopia 

“I had long suspected that my son struggled with dysgraphia, a learning disability that affects a student’s ability to write. I needed to step in and figure out how to help him. In my research, I noticed a trend toward providing cursive as an alternative to students struggling with handwriting.”


Synth Is Shutting Down  

This fall, Synth is shutting down.  Thank you for believing in the power of audio, from podcasting in the classroom to building relationships asynchronously. You’ll still be able to use the service until October 13th.

Alternatives suggested by Richard Byrne:  

Web Spotlight:  

6 Strategies to Help Neurodiverse Students Fully Engage in Class

1. The first five minutes:

2. Relaxation:

3. Keep it moving:

4. Recognize DOOM boxes:

5. Words matter:

6. Rule of three:

Random Thoughts . . .  

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