MSM 551: Shouldn’t That Just Be Called Falafel?


Shawn and Troy issue an Eileen Award, reflect on Genius Week, and more. Dave is all-inclusive.


Why did the integers have to quarantine?

  • Because half of them were positive

Every time my doorbell rings my dog hides in the corner. 

  • She’s a boxer

I prefer warm weather, but 

  • Only to a certain degree

Why did Darth Vader have such a hard time measuring spaceships?

  • He was using the Imperial System.

Everyone should learn to use sign language. 

  • It’s pretty handy

My air conditioner broke and the parts are on back order for what seems to be forever. 

  • Sorry, I just had to vent

A lady bought a talking parrot, the pet shop promised a “nice” bird and so took it home. However the bird started cussing, once home and so she threatened to put it in the freezer. When it wouldn’t stop, she put it in the deep freezer and left it for about 5 minutes. When she took it out, she asked if he’ll behave. He promised but wanted to know something, what did the turkey do to be put into the freezer and she said that he was a fowl bird!

“So you currently work 9 to 5, Monday through Friday,” said my boss.

“That is right,” I replied.

He said, “Would you be able to work outside those hours?”

I said, “But I might catch a cold.”

What did the amoeba say when his sister stepped on his foot?

My toe sis!

Sorry, but this is a divisive joke.

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

K12Science Podcast: Inclusive Science Classrooms

I was recently reading the May/June 2022 issue of “The Science Teacher” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  

In this issue, I read the “Editor’s Corner” column, written by Ann Haley MacKenzie.  She wrote an article entitled, “Inclusive Strategies for the Science Classroom.”

The time is now for more attention to be paid to providing an inclusive environment for all learners.  Our STEM pipeline depends on it.  Our future as a progressive scientific country depends on it.  Our scientific literacy depends on it.  Our goal for an inclusive science classroom is to make sure all of our students can bring their authentic selves to school and feel that they belong, while providing engaging, responsive, and stimulating learning environments.

Eileen Award

  • New Listener – Mike Maffesoli LOVES the jokes section of the show and would like to make requests.  

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Unraveling a Copyright and Email Scam

Great review of a scam attempt. 

(Also, he has 22,000 emails in his Inbox).

Design Thinking

Design thinking is a problem-solving process that typically includes the following elements: empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test.


AXIS:  The Culture Translator

Song of the Week:  “As it Was”  Harry Styles’s take on the pandemic world.  Lots of “As it Was” in the lyrics.  Lots.  And even more after that.  

160 Oral Language Prompts

This year, in my ELL Newcomers class, we began with students spending ten minutes using their laptops to work on various English-learning sites of their choice.

Then, I would display an oral language prompt on the screen (a question and a sentence-starter as a response).  I would model saying it, and then students would write down the question and their response in a notebook.

Web Spotlight:

How Long Would It Take To Count to A Million

So, how long would it really take to count to a million? Out loud, for good measure?

Thanks to a guy named Jeremy Harper, we don’t have to guess. In fact: we got to watch.


Hyman wanted to measure the “inattentional blindness” — basically, the inability to see things because you’re not paying attention to them — which occurs when our minds are on our phone conversations.

Random Thoughts . . .  

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