MSM 534: Teaching All Day Not Enough, We’ve Got a Plan


Shawn and Troy explain last week (the missing Mr. McGirr), what does a “snow day” look like? Dave takes a look at Woodpeckers.  


There are 10 types of people in this world, those who can read binary and those who can’t. 

I have some dead batteries that I’m getting rid of. They are available free of charge. 

I was going to tell a joke about construction here…

  • But I’m still working on it.

Did you hear about the new cryptocurrency called Decibel?

  • It’s a sound investment

Respect people who wear glasses.

  • They paid money to see you.

I told my wife she should embrace her mistakes. 

  • She hugged me.

A coworker named Celcius just retired recently at work, so they hired a guy named Kelvin to replace him.

  • He’s a temp…

I bought a new pair of camouflage pants last week. I’m not sure if it was my best purchase or not. 

  • I can’t find them anywhere.

I have a joke about pizza. It’s kind of cheesy…..

  • But really, it’s all about the delivery.

How many apples grow on trees….

  • All of them

What grades did the pirate get in middle school?

  • High Seas

Eileen Award:  

  • Shannon Lundgren…..

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

The Woodpecker Cavity Cam Project

I was recently reading the January/February 2022 issue of “Science Scope” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  

 In this issue, I read the section “Citizen Science” written by Jill Nugent.  Jill wrote an article entitled “The Woodpecker Cavity Cam Project.”

The Woodpecker Cavity Cam Project study site is based at the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in Eastern Minnesota.  The research site features the oak savanna habitat and is home to over 100 breeding red-headed woodpecker adults each year.  Researchers have deployed nest cavity cams at this location to study the woodpeckers and life at the cavity nest sites.  For more information, visit:

Reports from the Front Lines

  • Last week’s Show (i.e. the Missing Mr. McGirr)
  • Moving classrooms
  • Weather-related days

The Twitterverse  

Typical EduCelebrity  @EduCelebrity

Teachers who are required to submit their lesson plans one year ahead of time: it’s important that you also describe when you plan to blink and breathe during instruction. Admin can provide guidance on how to do that more efficiently and thus have more time for teaching.

Teachers, stop complaining about not being able to go to the bathroom in school. If you weren’t so selfish taking time away from your students to eat and drink, you wouldn’t have a problem of taking MORE time away to use the restroom. This is why people complain about teachers.

#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.  And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” 


7 Attention-Getters to Use Instead of Raising Your Voice

To avoid creating a negative classroom culture, which ultimately impedes learning, new teachers, or teachers facing new circumstances in this less than ideal school year, can employ these attention-getters.


Our 2022 Winter Book Review Festival

Shawn’s Reading Reference:  


A parenting expert shares the 5 toxic mistakes that can make kids more ‘selfish and entitled’

Web Spotlight:

What Happens to Your Brain When You Pay Attention

Attention isn’t just about what we focus on — it’s also about what our brains filter out. By investigating patterns in the brain as people try to focus, computational neuroscientist Mehdi Ordikhani-Seyedlar hopes to build computer models that can be used to treat ADHD and help those who have lost the ability to communicate. Hear more about this exciting science in this brief, fascinating talk.

Random Thoughts . . .

Time to make the Ceppalini . . . 

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