MSM 562: The English Teacher is Cheating!


Shawn and Troy talk about conferences, kids seeing the future, and more. Dave focuses on student collaboration for Science success. 


I was worried he’d fail, but my son actually passed his school sculpture project with an A+

  • What a relief

What do you call a sleeping dinosaur?

  • A Dino-snore

What did the zero say to the eight?

  • Nice Belt.

Which knee is the most childish?

  • The kid-knee.

Why did the orange stop halfway across the road?

  • It ran out of juice.

What part of a car works the hardest?

  • The wheels because they’re always tired!
  • The muffler, it’s always exhausted.
  • The pedal on the left, it needs a brake.

What part of the car is the laziest?

  • Calipers, because they are always on brakes.
  • I dunno. The transmission seems a little shifty.

How did the barber win the race? 

  • He knew a shortcut.

What country has the highest amount of diseases

  • GERMany

How do you spell candy with two letters?

  • C and Y

Middle School Science Minute

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

K12Science Podcast:  Student Collaboration

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 Methods and Strategies column, written by Kathleen Easley and Jamie Lehto.  They wrote a column entitled, “Let’s Work Together.”  

In this column, they addressed five research-based strategies that support successful collaboration:

1.  Establishing a culture of collaboration

2.  Setting clear expectations

3. “Making the rounds”

4.  Class conversations

5.  Mediating conflict

Reports from the Front Lines

  • Halloween
    • Door Decorating
  • Kids Negotiating the Future
  • Conferences
    • Expectations
    • Themes
  • Project SubGirr  

The Twitterverse  

Scott Bayer #THEBOOKCHAT co-founder  @Lyricalswordz

I may have arrived at the weekend like this. But I made it. And so did you.

Video here:  (Note to self:  Cancel that flight on Garuda Indonesia)  

Susie Dent  @susie_dent

Word of the day is ‘blutterbunged’ (19th century dialect): dumbfounded, confounded, and open-mouthed in amazement. (Not to be confused with ‘dumfungled’: utterly exhausted.)

Revolving_Door_Admin  @RAD_is_awesome

Remember that behavior-problem students are not to be sent to an administrator. Please follow our RTI and send them to your Buddy Teacher’s class to disrupt a different teacher and different set of students.

Oliver Tacke  @otacke

Did I say I’d bring 3 new #H5P content types to the #OERcamp in Hamburg next week? Sorry, that information is wrong. It will be 4 new #H5P content types.

Jack Berckemeyer @JBerckemeyer

To all my hard working educator friends- may your weekend be filled with rest, support, a good movie, popcorn and tons of chocolate. Plus two adult beverages.

Learn Something @LEARNS0METHlNG_

The pufferfish’s skeleton is made up of spiky bones aren’t actually connected- they just sit under the pufferfish’s skin like caltrops and expand to spread themselves apart and point outward when the pufferfish inflates!

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


ELL Class

I’ve written a lot about how we’ve been dramatically increasing the number of peer tutors in my ELL classes in order to accelerate learning, and thought readers might find it useful to hear about how my classes typically go.”


Create Readable Videos

Learn a simple method for creating short, animated videos that bring data and information to life without a voice-over.


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America’s Best And Worst Rated Fast Food Chains, By State

Web Spotlight:  

Deion Sanders being brutally honest with his Football Team

AXIS The Culture Translator

Gas Lit

What it is: An app called Gas lets teens send anonymous compliments to one another, and, despite not being available nationwide, it’s become the most popular offering in the Apple store.

Random Thoughts . . .  


(a takeoff on the game–Scattegories) For 2-60 Players

Object: Quickly fill out a category list with answers that begin with the same letter. Score points if no other player matches your answers. Score the most points to win the game.

Game Play: The game is played in 2-3 rounds. To play a round, do the following steps in order:

1. All players take a category sheet and pencil.

2. Setting the Timer: Use either a game timer or a stopwatch. Each round should last 3-4 minutes.

3. Toss a letter die and call out the rolled letter or select a letter from a container (do not use the letters Q, V, X or Z). The selected letter is the key letter that will be used in this round of play.

4. Start the timer.

5. All players quickly fill in the first column of their answer sheets. Answers must fit the category and must begin with the key letter rolled.


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6. When the timer stops, players must immediately stop writing.

7. Scoring a Round: Players, in turn read their answers aloud for number 1. Players correct their own answer sheets by circling an acceptable answer that DOES NOT match any other player’s answer. Continue reading answers until all of the categories have been scored. Then, score 1 point for each of your circled answers. Record your score at the top of the column of your answer sheet.

Starting a New Round: Set the timer again, select a new letter and continue playing using the same category list as you did in the previous round. Fill in the next column with your new answers. NOTE: If the same letter is selected twice in a game, select a different letter.


After 3 rounds have been played, all players total the 3 scores on their answer sheets. The player with the highest score is the winner.

In case of a tie: The players who tie play one more round with a new letter. The player who has the highest score in that round is the winner.

Rules for Acceptable Answers

1. The first word of your answer must begin with the key letter.

2. The articles “A”, “An”, and “The” cannot be used for their key letters.

3. The exact same answer CANNOT be given twice in one round. Example: You cannot answer Daisy for a flower and also for a girl’s name.

4. When answering with a proper name, the first or last name may be used as long as the key letter is the first letter of your answer. For example, if the key letter is “A” and the category is person, the “A” could be used to start their last name or begin their first name.

5. Creative answers can be acceptable. For example, you could answer Knuckle as a kind of Sandwich. But if one player challenges the answer, the group must vote on its acceptability.

Challenging Answers: While answers are being read, other players may challenge their acceptability. When an answer is challenged, all players (even the challenged player) vote on whether the answer is acceptable. Players who accept the answer give a thumbs-up sign. Players who do not accept the answer give a thumbs-down sign. Majority rules. In the case of a tie, the challenged player’s vote does not count.

Extra Points: When answering with proper names or titles, score an extra point for using the key letter more than once as a fist letter in your answer. For example: Ronald Reagan, Carson City, Simon and Schuster, and the Rouge River for 2 points; Hubert Horatio Humphrey for 3 points.

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