MSM 613: I’m Just Gonna Put You Over Here


Shawn and Troy talk about the Vision Pro, conferences, math, and more. Dave has his head in the clouds.


My part-time job repairing computer keyboards might not work out.

  • I can’t get any shifts.

My propensity for making dry salads needs addressing.

Archaeology really is a career in ruins.

Just read a few facts about frogs. They were ribbiting.

I was in an 80’s band called the Prevention. 

  • We were better than the Cure.

I woke up this morning so sure I was an 80s pop star… 

  • I was adamant.

I got an email today promising to teach me how to read maps backwards.

  • It turns out it was SPAM

Does anyone know if I can buy the entire chess set at a pawn shop?

What do you call a crowd of chess players bragging about their wins in a hotel lobby? 

  • Chess nuts boasting in an open foyer.

I been watching a channel on TV that is strictly just about origami 

  •  it is paper-view.

It’s difficult to say what my wife does, she sells sea shells by the sea shore.

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

K12Science Podcast:  Clouds and the Middle School NGSS

I was recently reading a community blog post on the GLOBE website, dated January 18, 2024.

In this blog, I read the post “GLOBE Clouds and NGSS (Elementary and Middle School.”  It was posted by Marile Colon Robles.

A new resource is now available created by GLOBE educator Mr. Roger Rose as part of his NASA internship in 2023 titled, GLOBE Atmosphere Clouds and NGSS.  This document compares portions of the clouds protocol to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for elementary and middle school with tips and resources to use in the classroom.  To view this blog post, please visit:

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Susie Dent  @susie_dent

Word of the day is ‘constult’ (17th century): to act stupidly together. It’s one of several I vote to resurrect from the historical dictionary.

Word of the day is ‘explaterate’ (19th century): to waffle on continuously as a means of avoiding a difficult question. is an online timer made for teachers.

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Robert Scoble  @Scobleizer

Apple Vision Pro is the best consumer electronics appliance of my life. By far.

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Stop Using These Four Words in Math Class

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Periodically, to test out the idea and to also provide a change-of-pace in my IB Theory of Knowledge classes, I ask students to present complex topics so that a five year-old could understand it.

I ask them to search online to get an idea of a five-year-old’s vocabulary (I generally tell them they can stretch it to a seven-year-old), and that they have to use accessible words in both their slides and in their oral presentation.  They also have to create slides that they think would look interesting to a child.


Dollar Street


In the news people in other cultures seem stranger than they are. We visited 264 families in 50 countries and collected 30,000 photos. We sorted the homes by income, from left to right.

Math Teachers Advice for Parents

Find experiences of math that will develop an affinity for the subject itself, a joy that’s more robust, a want-to that goes beyond mere pride in their know-how.

Guard the candle of your want-to, and the know-how will carry you far.

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