MSM 555: Jennifer Fryzel’s Vocabulary Pyramid


Shawn and Troy are back to talk about the kickoff of the school year. Dave addresses societal issues.


What’s the most common doctors in Egypt? 

  • Cairo practors. 

The James Webb Space Telescope runs on Linux.

  • You can’t open Windows in space. 

A lovely young couple decided to get married at a library, but couldn’t. Why not?

  • It was all booked up

There are two words that will open a lot of doors for people. 

  • Push and pull

I was going to cook some alligator for dinner. 

  • Then I realized I only had a croc pot. 

Did you hear about the guy who farted in his wallet? 

  • Now he has gas money

What happens in someone slaps you at high frequency?

  • It Hertz

All snakes are snakes on a plane to flat earthers. 

I was wondering why music was coming from my printer. 

  • Apparently, the paper was jamming

When is it ok to drink pop in class?

  • When you’re plotting points on a coordinate grid because you can go 7 over and 7 UP

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Teaching Societal Issues

I was recently reading the July/August 2022 issue of “The Science Teacher” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the Editor’s Corner, written by Ann Haley MacKenzie.  She wrote a column entitles, “Teaching Societal Issues in the Science Classroom.”  

By incorporating societal issues into our classrooms, we provide students a chance to explore topics in depth, instead of simply glossing over the content.  Here are some reasons to include societal issues in science courses:

– These issues justify information included in science courses.

– Societal issues allow students to find science classes relevant to their daily lives.  

– These societal issues enable teachers to evaluate student success at application and synthesis of ideas.

– Infusing societal issues defines the teacher’s role to be “facilitator” and relegates the textbook’s / digital learning platform status to “information sources.”

– These issues may allow for increased scientific understanding of concepts, ased on cognitive theories of learning.

Reports from the Front Lines

  • Frontloading beginning of the year information:  
    • Key dates
    • Locker skills
    • Planners
    • Where to go?  
    • Expectations
  • Jennifer Fryzel’s Vocabulary Pyramid
  • Excited to be back

Eileen Award

  •  Mike Maffesoli  – topic request

The Twitterverse

Susie Dent @susie_dent

Word of the day is a reminder of ‘ipsedixitism’ (18th century): the assertion that something is ‘fact’ based on one person’s opinion.  

Typical EduCelebrity   @EduCelebrity

You’re not a real teacher until you’ve played two truths and a lie with people you’ve known for years.

MiddleWeb  @middleweb

Also see  @Question2Think‘s article “Students Learn from Inquiry, Not Interrogation.”

#teachertwitter #mschat #middleschool

Quote Tweet:


How to Scaffold Skills for Student Discussions via @middleweb #teaching #hacklearning #edutwitter


Kelly Gallagher  @KellyGToGo

As you begin a new school year, you might ask your students this question I learned from

@ernestmorrell: “What does it mean to get better at reading?” Maybe chart their responses.

Paul Allison  @paulallison

On Teachers Teaching Teachers tonight, we’d love to hear how things are going for you–if you have already returned! OR what you are planning for the fall! We’ll also include some thoughts on the Habits of Mind. Hope you can make it at 9E/8C/7M/6P at  #nwp

Ditch That Textbook  @DitchThatTxtbk

Looking for some ice breakers for those first few days of school? Canva has some fantastic, customizable, ready-to-use activities for you! Get links to these four ice breaker activities along tons of other ideas in our Back to School post  

Tobi Emonts-Holley  @tobi_emonts

Benjamin Franklin’s daily routine is the ‘hack’ everybody’s looking for:

john johnston  @johnjohnston

Examples and more of using H5P that might be useful for #GlowBlog users interested in creating interactive resources @GlowScot a branching presentation using H5P b  @cogdog

Save Your Sons  @SaveYourSons

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


Back to School – Level 8 of Jumanji?


How to Open a Combination Lock

Combination Lock Tutorial

AXIS:  The Culture Translator

  1. Rainbow Road

What it is: The DEA has warned of brightly-colored pills and powders containing fentanyl that are being sold to young consumers.

Why it’s on the rise: So-called “rainbow fentanyl” has been seized in 18 US states. Drug enforcement authorities believe that these pills are being purposely made to look like candy in order to entice young adults, calling it a “deliberate effort to drive addiction.”   

  1. #shtwt

What it is: Researchers at Rutgers University have compiled a report on how members of the online communities promoting self harm find each other and interact on Twitter. The report contains some images that are disturbing and graphic.

Why it’s important to know about: Over the past year, Twitter posts that mention #shtwt (a hashtag that indicates self-harm Twitter) are up 500%, according to the Rutgers’ findings. 

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Spaced practice. Free for basic accounts. (Subscription removes a 15 minute delay under certain circumstances).

Make 8 Bit Art


This is a non-exhuastive, chronological list of over 70 articles that have a somewhat critical view on one or more issues associated with open science, science reform, and/or the replication crisis.

U.S. History Collection

PBS, you’ll need to pick your local PBS station. Lots of resources organized by eras.

Science Root Words


Kapwing Pro is now 100% free for students and educators. Create learning opportunities, edit video projects, and collaborate on digital content all in one place.

Web Spotlight:  

H5P On The Web App

Lumi has put their app on the web!  Create an account and then create using H5P tools.  You can still download the app for off-line creation.  You can check out all the tools at

All The Presidents Cousins

a Bay Area middle schooler has revealed family ties among some of American history’s most achieved politicans.

BridgeAnne d’Avignon was on a mission to trace her own roots and uncovered evidence that each American president — except for one — has a common, very famous ancestor.

A Lifetime Of Planting Trees On A Remote River Island: Meet India’s Forest Man

Payeng started planting here in 1979, stirred by a freakish site: dead snakes piled on sand in scorching temperatures, perished for lack of shade or tree cover.

Once considered “crazy” by local inhabitants, Payeng is celebrated today as a conservationist. Sitting in a meadow beside his forest, he credits a botanical scientist for nurturing his fascination for the natural world.

Yet India’s Forest Man has lived a life that most people dare not imagine: rising before dawn, paddling across a river, nearly every day, for almost 40 years to replenish nature.

Random Thoughts . . .  

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