MSM 561: The Full Moon Experience


Shawn and Troy talk about conferences, full moon, and more. Dave has part two on Air Pressure and Barometers. 


What has four wheels and flies?

  • A garbage truck

What did the toilet roll complain about?

  • People just keep ripping me off!

What did Darth Vader say to Admiral Motti after browsing his collection of George Michael records?

  • “I find your lack of Faith disturbing.”

What’s the first bet that most people make in their lives?

  • The alpha bet

You know what I like about a no-nonsense ballet documentary?

  • It’s on point

What kind of shoes do frogs wear?

  • Open toad

We finished reading Macbeth in class today.

  • It was quite the Shakespearience.

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

K12Science Podcast:  Barometer

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 lead me to do a two-part podcast series.  The previous podcast looked at the topic of air pressure and how it can be explained to students and this podcast will deal with the tool that measures air pressure – barometers.  The air that surrounds us and surrounds the Earth is called air pressure.  So, the pressure in the air surrounding us is called atmospheric pressure.  An instrument for measuring atmospheric pressure is called a barometer.

Reports from the Front Lines

The Twitterverse  

Susie Dent  @susie_dent

Word of the day is ‘rantum-scantum’ (17th century): reckless, disorderly, and chaotic.

G. K. Chesterton  @GKCdaily

Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.

Dr. John Spencer  @spencerideas

Happy Friday. Here’s a dad joke.


Oliver Tacke  @otacke

Oh snappers. I’ll be at the #OERcamp in #Hamburg later this month, and the camp seems to become the stage for presenting two new #H5P content types + one (probably done by then) feature that people have been missing for quite some time now.

Marc Morris  @Longshanks1307

Today’s the 956th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, so obviously I’m reposting the scenes from the Bayeux Tapestry I made with Playmobil.




Peter Lorimer  @pighilltweets

It’s only fair, if this 1800-year old (Han Dynasty) ceramic horse is going to live in my head. Then I should gift it, on so it can live in your brain as well!

Mr. Carr on the Web  @MrCarrOnTheWeb

This just popped up in my feed and I’m so glad for it! I love the way Amanda’s brain works. SO inclusive and scaffolded.

Quote Tweet

Amanda Sandoval @historysandoval

I’ve been lesson planning revamping a lot lately and one of the strategies that I keep incorporating in my HyperSlides is a reduced #8Parts. I’m using it with videos, podcasts, speeches, etc… Shout out to @JBuckLearns & @NoyesEnglish for the inspiration.

Try it on this TED Talk by Matt Diffee:  

Kim Campbell  @KimCamp4Kids

First the pandemic and now this….come on…educators can’t get a break!!


Yong Zhao, Ph.D  @YongZhaoEd

Has any of the ed reforms worked at all? “A return to the pre-pandemic status quo would be insufficient and a disservice to students and educators.” High school class of 2022 had lowest ACT scores in over 30 years, data shows  

Amanda Sandoval   @historysandoval

Played a modified game of Scattegory during lecture. The kids ate it up! Mixed academic rounds with fun topics as they raced to be the first group to fill in all the letters. First time using this strategy, but won’t be the last.

Tim Allen @ofctimallen

“If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane. -Robert Frost

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


How growth mindset shrank

What Are The Most Misunderstood Ideas In Education?


AXIS:  The Culture Translator

Plot Twisted

What it is:  Viewers of a new Netflix movie say they were shocked by graphic depictions of sexual assault and a high school shooting shown in the film.

Why it’s made audiences upset:  Luckiest Girl Alive is an adaptation of a 2015 novel by the same name, and it starts off almost like any dime-a-dozen rom-com. Mila Kunis stars as Ani, an ambitious young woman in New York City with a wealthy fiancé. Ani aspires to move from working for glossies to writing with gravitas. But as the movie progresses, revelations into Ani’s past grow progressively darker and the vibe gets more Gone Girl than Gossip Girl. The movie is trending #1 on Netflix after premiering on September 30, but many have taken to social media to call for a trigger warning and a more accurate synopsis, saying that they felt hoodwinked by the thriller’s intensity and violence. Parents should know that Ani relives trauma after trauma on screen throughout the film, and that the plot’s central focus is a high school gang rape.

Web Spotlight:  

What Does SOS Stand For?

Test Yourself for Hidden Bias

Psychologists at Harvard, the University of Virginia and the University of Washington created “Project Implicit” to develop Hidden Bias Tests—called Implicit Association Tests, or IATs, in the academic world—to measure unconscious bias.

Random Thoughts . . .  

Dr. Monte Selby hangs out with a World Famous Podcaster.  

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