MSM 591: Filled With Prosody


Shawn and Troy talk about teaching kids to read, summer activities, and more. Dave takes a teachable moment with the sun not in his eyes. 


Most knowledgeable doctor treating children:


Worried about appropriate discussion topics on your first date?

Go with global warming. It’s a real icebreaker.

A tear cascaded down her cheek as we dropped the last box off in her kitchen, she was so moved.

At culinary school I was told to improve my soups.

But I didn’t put much stock in that.

The exhausted weight lifter gave the circus owner his too weak notice.

Piano is the hardest instrument to pick up.

Does the arachnophobia group have a website?

13 out of 12 folks can’t explain what a baker’s dozen means.

After writing a book on puffins, John realized paper would have worked better

John hoped to go to the costume ball as Houdini in a straight jacket but feared he couldn’t pull it off.

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

K12Science Podcast:  Teachable Moments

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

In this issue, I read the “From the Editor’s Desk” column, written by Patty McGinnis.  She wrote an article entitled, “Hurrah for Teachable Moments.”

Two wonderful teachable celestial events will occur during this school year in North America, allowing plenty of time to plan.  A solar eclipse “double-header” occurs on Saturday, October 14, 2023 (an annular eclipse) and on Monday, April 8, 2024 (a total eclipse).

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The Social Web

Timothy Shanahan  @ReadingShanahan

Can we really teach prosody and why would we want to? 

By contrast:


Susie Dent  @susie_dent

Word of the morning is ‘snudge’ (17th century): to remain snug and quiet; to nestle.

Word of the day is ‘battology’ (17th century): needless and tiresome repetition in speaking or writing, often used to avoid answering the question.

Word of the day is ‘gloppen’ (15th century): to stare in amazement or gloom (can encompass anything from the weather to the state of the world).  

ISTE  @ISTEofficial

“In the age of AI, what are the uniquely human skills that are essential that we can teach our students?” – @RCulatta

Phyllis Fagell, LCPC  @Pfagell

How to help teens cut back on social media. Tips from ⁦ @nytimeswell

National Park Service  @NatlParkService

Hello there! We’ve been trying to reach you about your car’s extended warranty…

Phyllis Fagell, LCPC  @Pfagell

While out for ice cream with friends, their kid tracked them down using Life360 & asked them to bring him home a cone. 

Bob Harrison  @bharrisonEDU

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? is now on #GoogleEarth  

The Unboxing Video: A fun classroom video activity: via


pbeens@mstdn.caPeter Beens

Want to download subtitles from a Youtube video? Simply put “” in front of the URL.
If you download it as a text (TXT) file you can ask #ChatGPT to summarize it. (I like asking it to use bullet points.)


Prokudin-Gorskii Collection

Around 1907, Prokudin-Gorskii envisioned and formulated a plan to use the emerging technological advancements that had been made in color photography to systematically document the Russian Empire. Through such an ambitious project he intended to educate the school children of Russia with his “optical color projections” of the vast and diverse history, culture, and modernization of the Empire. Outfitted with a specially equipped railroad car-darkroom provided by Tsar Nicholas II, and in possession of two permits that granted him cooperation from the Empire’s bureaucracy and access to restricted areas, Prokudin-Gorskii documented the Russian Empire from 1909 through 1915. He conducted many illustrated lectures of his work. His assistants are sometimes credited on prints seen in other collections.

Prokudin-Gorskii left Russia in 1918, after the Russian Revolution, and eventually settled in Paris, where he died in 1944.

How this was Digitized and the background of the collection:

Emoji Pack

AXIS:  The Culture Translator

The Sound of Freedom

What it is: Sound of Freedom, an Angel Studios film about the human trafficking industry, is out in theaters for a limited time.  Start the conversation: What do you know about human trafficking?  

Web Spotlight: 

Hosting a ‘Bring Your Grown-Up to Class Day’ in Middle School

While family involvement is often promoted in elementary school, there aren’t always opportunities for students to invite the important adults in their lives into their middle school classrooms beyond events like concerts and award ceremonies.

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