I, Joy Kirr, am a middle school teacher, author, and speaker. My 7th grade ELA (English Language Arts) classes are working to improve their lives through student-directed learning - without marks throughout the year. This is a log of my learning experiences... Want to have me speak with your staff or facilitate a workshop? Here is my PORTFOLIO.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

#nerdlution - Taking My Student's Lead...

On November 15th, I celebrated a student of mine on our class Weebly. Izzy had taken Matt Cutts' 30-Day Challenge, and created her own 50-Day Challenge - to draw something new each day. This was great for her - she was going to go out of her box with something she loves. Students (and I) gave her ideas for themes to use each day, and she just started checking them off, one by one. When I finally published it, she'd been working at it for 15 days already.

Fast forward another 15 days. I wake up today to find a new hashtag on Twitter - #nerdlution. I quickly found this post by Katherine Sokolowski (@katsok) to describe it, and I thought on it. I've tried things like this before, and they always end up going by the wayside. But then I thought of Izzy. She took the video I used in class to inspire her. Why didn't it inspire ME?! I guess I needed a little push.

  Start small.
  Don't over-promise.
  Do what is healthy for you, but something you know you CAN do.

Since I'd taken almost four full days off of Twitter to be with family in Michigan for Thanksgiving, I knew it gave my brain a much-needed break, & I realized how much of a time-sucker it really could be. I'd been trying to read INSTEAD of tweet, and I'd read three YA books!

So... I'm in.

What's your #nerdlution? Will you take the challenge? Thanks to Matt Cutts, Izzy, and my PLN!

If you want to jump in, add your post to Colby Sharp's (@colbysharpblog post comments here.


  1. I love that you took inspiration to take this leap from a student. So happy you'll be part of the Nerdlution too!!

  2. Izzy sounds like one smart cookie.

  3. Joy,
    I love the challenge your student created --- so full of celebration. Reading for 50 days is a great plan. I'm trying to decide what to do. There are so many things I'd like to make time for in my day, but these coming days will be busier than usual. I'll be cheering you on as you read!