June 14 – 1: Students who are nerds

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve been working on reading through and collecting data from my students’ end of the year surveys. (With 900+ students in our school and almost every student giving me a survey, it’s been a long process).

One of the things I’ve enjoyed about the survey is that I allowed the students to be anonymous if they chose, but I also had a space on there for them to put their names if they were comfortable. It’s nice when they put their names, because it helps me connect the data to a face and get to know my students just a little bit better. Other students just leave the name field blank, which is fine – I’d rather have them be honest with me than know who is filling out the survey. But most entertaining is when they fill in the name field with something other than their own name. I’ve gotten quite a few creative spellings of “anonymous” – I think “anatomyst” might be my favorite. (To be fair, it isn’t quite a 6th-grade-level spelling word). I also had a couple of students swap their names and fill it out for each other (which I only know because I noticed as they handed them in to me). My favorite so far, though, was a 6th grade student who filled it in as LeeRoy Jenkins. I’m glad to know that Internet videos from my college years are still being enjoyed by nerds who weren’t even in kindergarten when they were first posted.