Revenge of the Teacher Nerds

Geek, Weirdo, Nerd,  Trekkie, Dork…no matter the nasty nickname, you can describe the teacher….or so you think.  Patrick Higgins has finally put to words what makes nerdiness in teachers work.  Here’s his take: The Nerd Knack.  It’ll make you wish you were a nerd, and if you already are one, VALIDATION.

Are you Frank or Dr. Cleeves?


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2 Responses to Revenge of the Teacher Nerds

  1. pjhiggins says:


    Thanks for the mention here. There is a funny story about how the term “Nerd Knack” came to be–I can’t claim complete ownership of it.

    A colleague of mine and I were discussing why two seemingly teachers of equal intellectual capabilities and achievements could be viewed so differently by the same set of students. One they learned from and would work hard for, the other battled them at every front to get them to transfer their understanding. What the difference between the two came to be known as by my colleague was just that: The Nerd Knack. I think it has a lot to do with that supposed “art” of teaching. It’s one thing to know something, it’s entirely different to then teach it to someone else.

  2. Hi Patrick- Thanks for the comment. Love your blog, and I loved this post – and have experienced it in my teaching colleagues as well. I think it’s about vulnerability and allowing yourself to be human, instead of an untouchable authority figure. I don’t know that I ever completely mastered that balance, but I’m in complete admiration of those who manage to do so. Thanks for reading!

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