MSM 502: Expectations, Bad Influence, Moneyball for Education, “You What…”


Ratholes are most of the show. We talk about conferences, teaching and technology, and more. Dave has some things that “bug” him career-wise.


Why is everyone so tired at the beginning of April?

  • They just finished a 31 day March

I’ve been cleaning up. Going through books and such. A copy of “A Christmas Carol” fell on my toe. 

  • Man, it hurts likes the Dickens 

One friend got another friend a rat for a present. The rat had a tank top on. 

  • The first friend asked why it was wearing a tank top. Ah, it’s a Gym rat. “I hope he works out for you”. 

I finally did it!

  • I bought a new pair shoes with memory foam insoles. No more forgetting why I walked into the kitchen. 

I once a parrot a song. He has since forgotten the words. 

  • Now, he’s just a hummingbird

Where do Dad’s keep their jokes? 

  • In a Dad-a-base

How do you cut an ocean in half?

  • Use a sea saw.

I fell asleep last night while reading old magazines. 

  • I woke up this morning with back issues. 

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Careers in Entomology

I was recently reading the January/February 2021 issue of “The Science Teacher” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the section “Career of the Month” written by Luba Vangelova.  Luba wrote an article entitled “Entomologist Ary Faraji.”

Entomologists study insects and may work for educational or research institutions, government agencies, private industry, and consulting.  Ary Faraji works as an entomologist in a local government agency in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The mission of his agency is to reduce the annoyance levels posed by biting mosquitoes and to protect residents from pathogens mosquitoes can carry.

Reports from the Front Lines

  • The push to the end of the year . . . 
  • Practice Interviewing
  • Understanding of Technology
  • Testing…
  • Vaccines (and kids)
  • Virtual Tours
  • Extra Credit


Teen Vogue

Future Predictions


Complete Knot List

Eyes on the Prize

Produced by Blackside, Eyes on the Prize tells the definitive story of the civil rights era from the point of view of the ordinary men and women whose extraordinary actions launched a movement that changed the fabric of American life, and embodied a struggle whose reverberations continue to be felt today. Winner of numerous Emmy Awards, a George Foster Peabody Award, an International Documentary Award, and a Television Critics Association Award, Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America.

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