MSM 574: Farpotshket


Shawn and Troy talk about break, creating your own computers, interesting words and more. Dave tells us how kids can get involved with Marine Iguanas. 


Anyone who can spell the word drawer backwards…

  • Will get a reward.

I have a friend named David. He had boy and named him Harley. Now, when he introduces himself, he does so

  • “I’m Harley, David’s son.”

“How much do you charge?” a man asks a lawyer.

“For $100 I answer three questions,” the lawyer answers.

“That’s awfully steep isn’t it?” says the man.

“Yes it is,” replies the lawyer. “Now what’s your final question?”

What type of lunch do you get at an air show?

  • A plain one.

My dog hates holograms.

  • They make no scents!

Here’s my list of friends who love Palindromes:

Nell, Edna, Leon, Nedra, Anita, Rolf, Nora, Alice, Carol, Leo, Jane, Reed, Dena, Dale, Basil, Rae, Penny, Lana, Dave, Denny, Lena, Ida, Bernadette, Ben, Ray, Lila, Nina, Jo, Ira, Mara, Sara, Mario, Jan, Ina, Lily, Arne, Bette, Dan, Reba, Diane, Lynn, Ed, Eva, Dana, Lynne, Pearl, Isabel, Ada, Ned, Dee, Rena, Joel, Lora, Cecil, Aaron, Flora, Tina, Arden, Noel, and Ellen.

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

K12Science Podcast: Marine Iguanas

I was recently reading the January/February 2023 issue of “Science Scope” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  

In this issue, I read the “Citizen Science” column, written by Jill Nugent.  She wrote an article entitled, “Iguanas from Above.”  

“Iguanas from Above’ is a citizen science project designed to answer questions about marine iguanas, their population, and their habitat.  The project will help to determine the current population size of marine iguanas and their locations within the archipelagos.  For more information, visit:

Reports from the Front Lines

  • Break
  • Lock Down Browser
    • Moodle
  • Spreadsheets
  • COVID and schools

The Social Web  

Susie Dent  @susie_dent

Word of the day is a reminder of ‘ipsedixitism’ (16th century): the assertion that something is ‘fact’ because someone else said so.  

Word of the day is ‘gadwaddick’: old Norfolk dialect for going on a jaunt or a head-clearing pootle.  


Word of the day, a yiddish slang word:

farpotshket ( )

broken, because someone tried to fix it

This word doesn’t just describe something that is broken, but something that is broken specifically because someone else tried to fix it, making it worse. It is used most commonly today to describe software engineering projects.

Paul Thomas  @plthomasEdD

Pronunciation requires context


Paul Couretas  @MrCouretasPE

“Mr. C, why aren’t you in the Olympics, or the circus? I think you would be great in the circus. Probably not Olympics, but definitely the circus!” Might be the best thing a student has ever said to me.. #physed #education #movement #sports #olympics #circus #clown

Help A Teacher  @HelpATeacher

This is pretty awesome!   Unknown

Jennifer Zimny  @jzimnycricket

Finally set up my Would You Rather station! I loved hearing students reactions to it once I put it up. Templates coming soon.

Deborah Farmer Kris  @dfkris

Middle schoolers are my *favorite* — and I’m delighted CNN let me explain why. With insight (and positive tween vibes) from  @Pfagell & @LDamour  


Design Fiction Daily

Lots of resources of things that don’t exist. 

*warning, swears on the “About” page.


There’s an AI for That

10 things to know about how social media affects teens’ brains

“Our brains, our bodies, and our society have been evolving together to shape human development for millennia. … Within the last 20 years, the advent of portable technology and social media platforms [has been] changing what took 60,000 years to evolve,” Mitch Prinstein, the chief science officer at the American Psychological Association (APA)

Humans are social creatures, and we learn through social interaction. In fact, said Prinstein, “numerous studies have revealed that children’s interactions with peers have enduring effects on their occupational status, salary, relationship success, emotional development, mental health, and even on physical health and mortality over 40 years later. These effects are stronger than the effects of children’s IQ, socioeconomic status and educational attainment.”

How Can I Support My Child in Learning Maths?

AXIS:  The Culture Translator

A Somber Report

What it is: This Monday, the CDC released its 2023 Youth Risk Behavior Survey report. Out of 17,000 US high school students surveyed in late 2021, nearly 60 percent of teen girls reported persistent sadness or hopelessness.

Losing Their Drive

What it is: Fewer teens seem interested in obtaining a driver’s license than in years past, with only 45 percent of 17-year-olds getting them in 2020—a drop of 17 percentage points compared to 1997.

Web Spotlight:  

 O Kai Sauliūtė Tekėjo – Lithuanian Folk Song

A folk song for the 105th Anniversary of Lithuanian Independence.  Turn on the closed captions and do a “Notice & Wonder” as you listen and watch the video.  

What a conductor actually does on stage

f you’ve ever seen an orchestra perform you’ve probably had a difficult time looking away from the person dead center on the stage – the conductor. It’s hard to miss someone as they swing their arms around pointing at the musicians that seem to be focused instead on their music stands. So what exactly is the conductor doing? 

We decided to ask James Gaffigan – a conductor who recently guest conducted the New York Philharmonic in Central Park – just what it is that makes a conductor so necessary and how their actions shape the performance.

Student Solar Project Bridges Digital Divide in Rural Virginia

To bridge this digital divide during the pandemic, the school district set up 32 of these WOW stations throughout the county in parking lots at churches, grocery stores and any other businesses willing to share their parking lots. 

High school students enrolled in both construction and energy and power classes helped build the WOW units.

Black History Month For Teachers

Put the power of primary sources to work in the classroom. Browse ready-to-use lesson plans, student activities, collection guides and research aids.

The Science of Measurement | Metrology Matters

Nothing to do with weather, this is about measuring.

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