MSM 536: Law of Unintended Consequences


Shawn and Troy talk about mask mandates, posting lessons, students cheating, and more. Dave has designs on success in science.


“Do you want a box for your leftovers?” 

  • No, but I’ll wrestle you for them!”

Set your wifi password to


Then when someone asks for your password tell them


The other day, at a thrift store, I bought an old record album called “Sounds Wasps Make”. When I got home and played it, I said to myself, “This doesn’t sound like wasps sounds”. 

  • Then I realized I was playing the Bee side. 

Yesterday I was at physical therapy for an injury and found myself in the middle of a very loud back-and-forth between a couple therapists about a bridge over a local river.  It went like this:

Therapist 1:  It’s a viaduct

Therapist 2:  No, it’s a causeway

Therapist 1:  It’s a viaduct, because of the arches

Therapist 2:  But it’s crossing water, so it’s a causeway

Me:  At least we know it’s not a henway.

Therapist 1 & 2:  What’s a henway?

Me (barely containing myself):  Oh, about five pounds

I was so proud of myself!

What is the name of that girl that stands in the middle of the tennis court ?


What kind of shoes do frogs wear?

  • Open Toad

I asked my dog what’s two minus two.She said nothing.

Bono and the Edge walked into an ice cream shop. The server said, “Oh no, not U2 again”.

I have a fear of speed bumps! I’m slowly getting over it

Why are elevator jokes so classic and good? 

  • They work on many levels!

Why can’t you hear a psychiatrist using the bathroom? 

  • Because the P is silent

​​I wonder if the guy who coined the phrase, “One Hit Wonder,” ever came up with another Iconic phrase.

Eileen Award:  

  • Tom Acker, Technology Integrator

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Design Thinking

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

In this issue, I read the section, “Editor’s Note,” written by Elizabeth Barrett-Zahn.  She wrote an article entitled, “Design Thinking.” 

  • Design Thinking is a solution-based technique used to solve problems.    The basics of Design Thinking are:
  • Empathize – consider others’ needs, not just solve the problem
  • Define – define the problem and create a meaningful and actionable problem statement
  • Ideate – encourage innovation through brainstorming
  • Prototype – identify and develop the best solution through multiple iterations
  • Test – evaluate prototypes and consider improvements

Reports from the Front Lines

The Twitterverse  

AIMS  @aimsnetwork

7 #strategies for #students who #struggle with executive functioning

Ryan Sheehy @sheehyrw

I am scared. Educators are tired. They are getting burned out. How can we keep so many amazing educators in their jobs. Everyone rushes to say pay them more. Money is not the only answer. Society appreciation goes a long way. #BeTheOne

Ian Jukes  @ijukes

First Sign of Spring

Ian Jukes  @ijukes

One Kit Kat left..

Doug Robertson  @TheWeirdTeacher

The announcers for bobsled could say literally anything about the sport and I’d believe it. “This German team trains by push starting the most popular roller coaster in the country- Der ZoomenLooper.” “The Canadian driver wrestles moose in the off season to stay in shape.”    (I wanna say that I regret not adding umaults to Der ZöomënLüper)  

Typical EduCelebrity @EduCelebrity·Want a fun activity to do? Record the presentation of the person running your professional development – the one who tells you to have a positive attitude and just persevere. Then, say those exact same words to your students. Certainly, nothing could go wrong by doing this!  

Janine Campbell  @campbellartsoup

New semester, new set of dots inspired by #thedot from @peterhreynolds – these works will join the collaboration in the hall! #k12artchat #mschat

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


Hack Your Classroom Activity

No, not you, your students can.  “School Cheats is a revolutionary platform that allows you to gain access to answers for your favorite school platforms. We support platforms such as Quizizz, Edpuzzle, Kahoot, Blooket, Quizlet, Khan Academy, and Classkick.”

Blooket Hacks


Illusion of the Year

Top 10 Finalists 

The Changing Room Illusion


Web Spotlight:

45 Eighth Grade Science Fair Projects and Classroom Experiments

Google Slides is Hilarious

Middle Schoolers Launch Boat

The 6-foot-long Rye Riptides, decorated with artwork from the kids and equipped with a tracking device that went silent for parts of the journey, was found Feb. 1 in Smøla, a small island near Dyrnes, Norway, the Portsmouth Herald reported Monday.

Teachers Are Not Superheroes (And That’s A Good Thing!)

  1. The Superhero mentality leads to burnout.
  2. Being the “Savior of Students” is an unattainable status.
  3. There is a difference between Superhero and Hero.  

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