1. morning meeting
3. afternoon grade-stravaganza / presentation preparation fest
4. evening dinner with an old friend / psuedo-sister who’s blowing through town for a night
So I’m a nicknamer. It’s a thing. I really enjoy the giving of nicknames, and the less practical, the better. I particularly like nicknaming my students, as I think it expresses the attitude of light-hearted-fun-lovingness that I hope to create in my classroom. This term, I’ve had some truly funny students who have put up with a lot in terms of my nicknaming. To wit: Travis James [last name redacted] has become: Travjam, T-Jimpsers, T-Jimmity, Trav-Jambo, TJ Hooker, Jim Travers, and JamTime. I’d share more of them with you, but most are first-and-last-name combos, which means I can’t reveal them without violating FERPA.
However, I can share with you my new favorite thing: when students nickname me. You see, since I’m such an enthusiastic nicknamer, I told them they could, if they wished, also nickname me. So far, I’ve gotten:
Milesy Cyrus (which is a pretty hilarious play on my last name, though I don’t share my last name in this forum)
Aren’t my little jerks the most amazing and hilarious students around? I’m a little bit in love with my job right now. And with their brains. I’m hoping for more good nicknames soon.