MSM 575: The Day That Didn’t Count


Shawn and Troy talk about the week “off”, middle schoolers being middle schoolers, and more. Dave heats up. 


Mountains aren’t just funny…

  • They’re hill areas.

Do pots and pans talk about the news in the drying rack?

  • No; moistly they just dish on each other.

So i’ve finally completed a PhD in palindromes…

  • You can now call me Dr Awkward.

How do monsters like their eggs?

  • Terrorfried

“Had to give up my career due to fallen arches.”

“You were a pro athlete?”

“No. Architect.”

Man. Every time I ask what the lowest Army rank is, people say that’s private.

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

K12Science Podcast: The Sun’s Heat

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

In this issue, I read the “Science 101” column, written by Matthew Bobrowsky.  He wrote a Q and A article entitled, “How Does the Sun’s Heat Get to Us Here on Earth?”  

Heat is the flow of energy from one object to another object because of their difference in temperature.  That energy, thermal energy, results from the random motion of atoms and molecules.  The molecules move around, bouncing off of each other and bouncing off anything with which the object comes into contact.  The hotter the object, the faster the molecules are moving.

Reports from the Front Lines

  • School’s Out
    • Social Media is wrong about something
    • Kids stayed home
  • LOC Browser Extension

The Social Web  

Susie Dent  @susie_dent

Word of the day is ‘pertolerate’ (17th century): to endure steadfastly to the end.

PUNS  @ThePunnyWorld

My mom was a radiologist. She met my dad when he came in for an x-ray. I wonder what she saw in him.

Police have arrested the World Tongue-Twister Champion. They said he’ll be given a tough sentence.  

TeacherGoals  @teachergoals

Get it? 

Fixing Education  @FixingEducation

On Tuesday, 2/21/23, this student violently attacked his teacher aide at Matanzas HS. When deputies spoke with the student, he explained that he was upset because the aide took his Nintendo Switch away during class. Student was described as 6’6”, 270 lbs.  Video:  

The Ghost of Ernie   @ErnieHarwell1

The voice of the turtle is heard in our land today! #playball #DetroitRoots #LetsGoTigers


Eliminate Off-Task Behavior During Group Work

Who Benefits From Attending Effective High Schools?

All students benefit from attending effective schools, but the least advantaged students experience larger improvements in high-school graduation, college going, and school-based arrests.

Commonly used test-score value-added understates the long-run importance of effective schools, particularly for less-advantaged populations.



AXIS:  The Culture Translator

Rise and Shine

What it is: TikTok’s #5to9 club and #morningroutine videos are inspiring some young people to start their days earlier for maximum productivity.

American Battlefield Trust:  Augmented Reality

Get up close to Abraham Lincoln as he recites his famous Gettysburg Address. Wander around Brandy Station’s historic St. James Church and see what the interior may have looked like. Examine an excavated Spanish piece of eight up close. Bring history to life in your space with the American Battlefield Trust’s collection of Augmented Reality (AR) experiences and your smartphone.  


Prepackaged lessons do serve a purpose in education. They give educators a starting point, helping save time. Teachers don’t need to be reinventing lessons every time they teach something new. 

It makes me think of “The Ocky Way” channel found on YouTube/TikTok and Instagram. Where a small deli in Red Hook, NY makes common foods come to life prepared by owner Mohamed. Mohamed has risen to internet fame by taking standard meals, then adds his own touch to them to make them unique for the consumer. Sometimes customers bring in fast food orders from nieghboring stories to have the meal done “The Ocky Way”.


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Ben Collins Spreadsheet Tips Archives

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A Framework for Learning Through the Purposeful Use of Technology

Web Spotlight:  


Becorns are little people I make out of acorns and sticks. Then I photograph them in nature with real animals. In this video, I share my process for taking photos with some Eastern Bluebirds.

What Is Going On With This Andrew Tate Hand Gesture?

Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan were seen using the sign during their arrest in Romania, and teachers in the UK say teenage boys are copying it.

Little Known Punctuation Marks

Random Thoughts . . .  

The Persona Spectrum

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