MSM 581: Slinging the Slang Making Us Thirsty!


Shawn and Troy talk about reading, SEL, and more. Dave has his (and student’s heads) in the clouds. 


I just got a job in marketing for a cereal company

  • I’ll be Raisin Bran awareness

What kind of crime did the mug of Starbucks commit?

  • Grande larceny.

A group of ophthalmologists recently opened a clinic to treat some of the more painful ocular diseases.

  • It’s a site for sore eyes.

Dreamed I was a muffler……

  • …….woke up exhausted.

The barista gave his heart and soul to the coffee shop.

  • Of course, he got a latte in return.

I was named after my Dad. 

  • It would be impossible to be named before him

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

K12Science Podcast:  GLOBE Observer-Clouds

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

In this issue, I read the “Scope on the Skies” column, written by Bob Riddle.  He wrote an article entitled, “Castles in the Sky.”

Bob jokingly talks about people suffering from Pareidolia, a human condition that has us seeing familiar patterns or images as we look around us.  This, of course, is not a serious condition, but helps to explain the things we see when looking at puffy cumulus clouds.  This provided a lead into the citizen science project of studying clouds using the GLOBE Observer app, provided by the GLOBE Program.  To learn more about the GLOBE Observer app, visit:

Reports from the Front Lines

  • Books, How Do You Read?
  • SEL Movement

The Social Web  

Marvin Olasky  @MarvinOlasky

If you’re a teacher, I hope you’re pro-chess, since it’s a great help in building strong minds. Please check out this gift Washington Post article, at no cost to you. Read here:  

AJ Juliani  @ajjuliani

Must-read thread y’all!

    Ana Lorena Fabrega  @anafabrega11

    We are dealing with a generation of kids who are sensitive and risk averse—kids who seek adults to solve their problems and protect them from discomfort. We must stop this. Kids are not as fragile as we think

donnie piercey  @mrpiercEy

My new favorite game is “Guess the AI Prompt”:

Susie Dent @susie_dent

If you’re in need of a smile I offer you the Finnish word ‘kalsarikänni’. It means drinking at home, alone, and in your underwear.

Matt Miller   AI for Educators   @jmattmiller

Have you seen Teachflix?  A free resource with more than 500 classroom videos vetted by educators! Find what you need with:  a search bar  age-level categories  content area categories With activities/worksheets for any video  Check it out:


“Froot Loop” Conspiracy Theories

Students will develop a better understanding of conspiracies, conspiracy theories, and how to avoid being tricked by “froot loop conspiracy theories.”

Video Resource:  



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Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations

The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations is a descriptive list which was first proposed by Georges Polti in 1895 to categorize every dramatic situation that might occur in a story or performance.[1] Polti analyzed classical Greek texts, plus classical and contemporaneous French works. He also analyzed a handful of non-French authors. In his introduction, Polti claims to be continuing the work of Carlo Gozzi, who also identified 36 situations.

Make Something Wonderful

The best way to understand a person is to listen to that person directly. And the best way to understand Steve is to listen to what he said and wrote over the course of his life. His words—in speeches, interviews, and emails—offer a window into how he thought. And he was an exquisite thinker.–41YjV1A


With Knoword, you’ll have a powerful tool to help your students build their vocabulary skills while having fun!

Salt Water Classroom

Saltwater Classroom is a Maine-based 501(C)3 non-profit organization that is committed to a new wave of ocean education. We believe that the first step towards a sustainable future on our Blue Planet is a renewed emphasis on ocean literacy. From education stems passion, and from passion blooms stewardship.


Some great resources. Also great models for having students create their own examples.


Explore more than 700 million creative works

An extensive library of free stock photos, images, and audio, available for free use.

All Openverse content is under a Creative Commons license or is in the public domain.

Question Well

“Generates an endless supply of questions so teachers can focus on what matters.

Just input some reading, and the AI will write Essential Questions, Learning Objectives, and aligned

multiple-choice questions.”

University of California Riverside – Brain Games

At the University of California, Riverside (UCR) Brain Game Center for Mental Fitness and Well-Being, we strive to improve your brain’s fitness. We research, test, and disseminate evidence-based, scientifically optimized brain fitness games that assist you in real life with memory, vision, hearing, learning, and more. We have a track record of making our tested procedures publicly available so that our innovations help our community and the world.

The apps:  

AXIS – The Culture Translator

Slang of the Week

Passenger Princess: A term for a girl who prefers to sit shotgun and be driven rather than drive herself. The word is usually applied to girls who like to have their boyfriend drive them, and who might not even know how to drive themselves. The term has been used in both serious and satirical TikTok videos, some with young women reveling in their royal status, others with young men, parents, or pets enjoying the princess seat.

This Trend is Making Me Thirsty

What it is: Recipes for water on TikTok are going viral, with #flavoredwater collecting 322 million views as of this writing.

Web Spotlight:  

Teachers, Don’t Take Your Work Home

I asked teachers on social media to share their best strategies for minimizing the amount of work they have to take home.

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