And then there were two! Two posts that is – on my brand new blog. A huge accomplishment for me. I debated and debated about posting this but then decided I specifically wanted to remember this so this is a selfish post entirely for me!
How this blog got its name or one of my best days in the classroom ever!
(previously posted to One Good Thing – if you haven’t read this blog please do – right after you finish reading mine!)
One of the parts of teaching that I really enjoy is just listening to my students while they are working. I hope to hear great mathematical conversations but I often get to hear other interesting conversations – sometimes things I want to hear and sometimes not. One day I overhead a group of my kids debating about the definitions of a Nerd, Dork and a Geek. Their conclusions were ( I paraphrase here) ….
Nerd – someone that is smart and passionate about intellectual things but lacks social skills.
Geek – someone that is passionate about a topic/thing yet still cool socially.
Dork – someone that just isn’t socially cool; seems silly; not a bad person, just awkward
They were actually quite empathetic to others and were really trying to find something positive about each definition. A good thing to see in teenagers!
Several weeks later – probably a month or more – I came in to class particularly excited about showing my kids another way to divide polynomials other than traditional long division (using the boxes – had never seen it before, will post about it later since I’ll need a topic for post #3.) I was a little crazy excited during that class. Had that “ah-ha, isn’t math so cool” moment. I’m sure I probably looked more Nerdy than Geeky but I just had to say…
“Hope this qualifies me as a Geek.”
I looked out to see a few stunned faces but also quite a few silly grins. I had accomplished my goal of looking silly and they were hooked. Then, out of the quiet, one student says…
“Ms. Burke, you’re way more than a Geek, you’re an intellectual bad ass!”
Let’s just say…. LOVE her! Amazing how little moments like that can just make your whole year. They appreciated my “geekiness” and I appreciated the love. Those are the moments teachers live for. So grateful to have gotten that one!
Hence the name… More than a Geek … didn’t feel like adding the rest would be appropriate!