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A Geek is asked, “Who are you?”

Posted by on October 24, 2020

I don’t often get personal on this blog. It’s not about me–it’s about educators and their profession–but times are different this year. When you’re geeky, you don’t always think like the people around you or answer questions in the usual way. A writing class I took asked us newbies to tell the class a little bit about ourselves. Here’s how I answered that:

I am a multi-cellular, hairless, short-snouted, large-brained bipedal omnivore, evolved over millions of years within the classification of Primates, in response to dramatic environment changes on the planet Earth to become Homo sapiens sapiens.

I occupy the geologic address

34E43.29 N and 117E10.82 W

…the political address

xxxx xxxx Dr., Laguna Hills CA.

…the email address

askatechteacher@gmail.com

…and the internet address (my IP location)

xx.x.xx.xx

I am one of over 8 billion big brained creatures living on Earth, each with unique talents and traits allowing us to best fit our local environment. I am a social animal, living in a large community–too large to know my neighbors by the methods other Primates use of ‘grooming’. Instead, we ‘gossip’ and ‘storytell’. I am surrounded by peers who feel superior to other mammals based on subjective factors such as physical characteristics or brain size. This primitive attitude has allowed my kind to take over the world but not run it well.  Without significant changes, we will not remain the dominant species for even as long as dinosaurs, sharks, jelly fish, alligators, Great Apes, or horsetail ferns.

I am no better or worse than any other life form surrounding me, only different.

What I’m NOT is:

  • my outward appearance
  • my mental skills
  • my religion
  • my sex
  • my opinions
  • my social life
  • my social media
  • my income
  • my employment
  • my politics

I am not more or less worthy of God’s goodness or Earth’s beneficence than any other form of life.

When I grow up, I’d like to attain:

the non-judgmentalism of my Labrador Retriever

the enthusiasm of my six-year-old nephew

the wisdom of my grandmother

the peacefulness of the Great Apes

the adaptability of viruses

the awe-inspiring beauty of the Rocky mountains

On a personal level, I enjoy music, reading, intellectual pursuits, teaching,. my children, my dogs, and nature.

Any questions?


Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

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