However, my students seem to be under the impression that I know an awful lot and should go on Jeopardy. I have taken the online test twice now…bombed the second time and have yet to receive an invite from Alex Trebek. No worries! I’ll keep trying. Anyway…last year, my first year teaching World History, I had a great group of guys in my 4/5 class that challenged my knowledge base. They asked superb questions, and I consequently got in the habit of studying before every class from my notes from college, online sources, primary documents, actual books!!, etc.
After several weeks together of Socratic seminars, projects, notes…I noticed something had been written on the board in the back of my classroom — Ulmanac
I love this nickname because it’s how I want to be perceived in my classroom. My content knowledge, world travels, and experiences are what give me credibility in the classroom; then I set out everyday to give all that knowledge away so my students leave the course prepared to excel beyond where I am. Do you have a classroom nickname? My rapper name is “T-Unit” based on my first and last initial, but it’s not academically-related like “Ulmanac.”