MSM 559: I Can Read It, I Just Can’t Write It


Shawn and Troy talk about AI, students writing questions, jokes, the Twitterverse, and more. Dave has some Joyful Science. 


Stephen King

Mountains aren’t just funny, they’re hill areas.

I got banned from /r/CleanJokes for posting, “Frosted Flakes! Cheerios! Lucky Charms! Frosted Flakes! Cheerios! Lucky Charms! Frosted Flakes! Cheerios! Lucky Charms! Frosted Flakes! Cheerios! Lucky Charms! Frosted Flakes! Cheerios! Lucky Charms! Frosted Flakes! Cheerios! Lucky Charms!”

  • Apparently, I’m a cereal poster

I saw a picture of myself with a border around it that my friend stole and put on his wall.

  • I can’t believe I’ve been framed.

What do you call Iberian Wildcat websites downloaded in Spain?

  • Spanish Links.

Why aren’t koalas actual bears?

  • They don’t meet the koalafications

What’s it called when you apologize using dots and dashes?

  • Remorse code

I studied Culinary Arts at the University of Bologna

  • Strangely enough, I couldn’t manage to sandwich in any time to eat between courses!

I’m allergic to people that aren’t funny.

  • Guess I’m lack-jokes intolerant.

What happens when you leave your boombox outside a library overnight?

  • It becomes a dewy decibel system.

I bought bird seed about a month ago and I think it’s defective.

  • I took it home and immediately planted some. I haven’t grown any birds yet

At first there were only 25 letters in the alphabet.

  • Nobody knew why

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Joyful Science

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

In this issue, I read the Editor’s Note column, written by Elizabeth Barrett-Zahn.  She wrote a column entitled, “Joyful Science.”  

Remember to plan lessons, follow the curriculum, and cover the content, but don’t forget that essential element in the planning — the students.  Create space and time for them to find the joys in learning by figuring things out, debating, assessing data, developing arguments, and solving problems.  Let’s find ways to make learning joyful.

Reports from the Front Lines

The Twitterverse  

Susie Dent  @susie_dent

A reminder that an ‘empleomaniac’ is someone desperate to hold on to power, no matter what the cost.

Word of the day is ‘arsle’: when you have the distinct impression you’re going backwards instead of making progress.  

Typical EduCelebrity  @EduCelebrity

Teachers, it is now the fall season. Be sure to put pumpkin spice in your lessons as well as your coffee!


Ways Teachers Can Talk Less & Get Kids Talking More via @Angela_Watson #edchat #k12 #teachertwitter

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


Folktale Readers Theater

*Creative Commons Licensed: This website is a repository for CC-BY licensed scripts for readers theater that come from the folktale traditions of the world. These scripts are free for you to copy, adapt, remix, rewrite, and transform based on your own inspiration; my only request is that you credit the source — Laura Gibbs at — so that others can find their way here too.

Additional Resources:


Get a summary of any long YouTube video, like a lecture, live event or a government meeting. Powered by GPT-3.

5 Low-Stakes Activities to Help Teens Open Up

Google | Better Searches, Better Results


Uses AI to have conversations to learn a language. Pronunciation examples are provided.

European Day of Languages:  Languages Take You Further

AXIS The Culture Translator

Meet Your Match

What it is: A NYT op-ed argues for a return to more traditional forms of dating, like courtship, family set-ups, and even paid matchmakers.

Why it’s trending right now: More than a few recently published articles have pointed to dating app fatigue. For some, these apps seem to lead only to heartbreak, rejection, and frustration instead of lasting partnership. Reality TV shows (such as Indian Matchmaking and Married at First Sight) in addition to scripted hits (like Bridgerton) seem to be striking a nerve, reminding people who aren’t married that maybe meeting people in real life has some benefits. This op-ed writer says that set-ups orchestrated by a third-party add an element of accountability that swiping right just can’t replicate. Maybe your teens won’t be running to you for matchmaker money just yet, but it’s possible that the cultural tide will continue to turn back to real-life dating for the next generation.

Web Spotlight:  

Embracing hard questions over reading approaches and phonics

Random Thoughts . . .  

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