#SOL19 Day 1 Spark!

Screen Shot 2019-02-21 at 11.33.27 AMThis quick write Spark! is a sentence stem from Chapter 8 Teacher Quick Writes (p.155) I sometimes share a Google doc with teachers with stems like this one for them to share their ideas. These collaborative quick writes are a fun way to build a writing community.

You know you are a nerdy teacher if…

  • You have a hard time watching movies that have been adapted from novels.
  • Your Facebook memories pop up at least one book you’ve read, reviewed, or posted for that date in your  history.
  • Your Amazon suggestions are almost always kidlit, professional books, or new pens.
  • You keep a notebook by your bedside for those ideas that pop into your head at 3:30 a.m. and you know if youscreen shot 2019-01-27 at 9.45.11 am don’t jot them down you’ll either be haunted by the memory loss or you’ll never get back to sleep.
  • You plan your vacations around nErDcamps, conferences, or other PD dates.
  • Your social media is filled with t-shirts ads with catchy phrases like, “Hogwarts wasn’t hiring so I teach muggles instead” or “Keep Calm and pretend its on the lesson plan”
  • You can’t wait for Tuesdays because that means it’s time to celebrate a few book birthdays.
  • You envy kids who have started reading the Harry Potter series for the first time.
  • You celebrate book birthdays every Tuesday.
  • You see everything as a teachable moment and your husband doesn’t fully appreciate that.
  • You share Gerry Brooks Facebook videos and only your teacher friends get it.
  • You have a love/hate relationship with back to school sale flyers.

Ok, there are so many more obvious tell for us nerdy teachers but I am truly blogging as a quick write and limiting myself to ten minutes.  Would love to hear how you can recognize the nerdy teacher in YOU.





24 thoughts on “#SOL19 Day 1 Spark!

  1. I like the idea of a shared Google Doc. I have used the concept with individual teachers but not really as the group. I have used something like padlet though. You have my brain whirling this morning now. I am looking forward to your sparks this month.

    1. I LOVE Padlet, too, Tammy. Just bummed that I’ve used all my ‘free’ Padlets at this point. Google Docs are unlimited. Let me know if you try it with others. So fun.

      1. There is a Google product that is like padlet and it’s like a marker board that you can use across smart boards and other Google accounts I have to find the name of it though

      2. JAMBOARD! That is what it is. We don’t have smartboards at my school so I just used it as a bulletin board like app

      3. I can’t reply on Tammy’s reply, but I wonder if she was talking about Google Keep?

  2. Love this quick write idea, Paula! I will definitely be using some of your sparks for slicing this month!

  3. OH, yes a list of nerdiness! I can relate with so many of yours, along with a list of my own. Great Spark!

  4. Loved this post, Paula, and could almost write the same list. I laughed out loud on seeing everything as a teachable moment and could add that my husband cringes if we are shopping and get anywhere near a book store. Once inside, I am there for at least an hour – usually two – as I wander through bookshelves, browsing, reading, and making a pile of books to purchase (I do have an ipad and Kindle but still cannot resist the feel of a real book in my hands! Purchasing your book from Stenhouse right now!

  5. Love this — what about when you tell your family they have a choice…my family points out they have many choices!! Enjoying your book!! Look forward to this month with you.

  6. Spark! You are that Spark that gets people like me to write! I wasn’t going to participate in the Slice of Life Challenge but then I saw your text! I may be commenting after the deadline but I am doing it!! Thank you again for the Spark!!

  7. Paula, I truly love my colleagues and value working with them, but I would love to be in your district on the receiving end of your google docs/padlets, etc. Your list made me laugh and nod over and over again as I recognized myself. For some reason those last three especially cracked me up! So glad to be slicing again with you!

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