I suspect this will be my last post until late August, when I will once again begin thinking about math education. I’m going to try to take the summer off and read other things. That darn math twitter network, however, may pull me back in.
I want to talk about my nickname. Just about every visitor to this blog has asked about it, and since they both seemed so nice, I thought I’d address their question. Thescamdog comes from early in my teaching career. I was coaching High School Basketball and spending November to March every year getting to know a group of 12 students very well as we spent 5 or 6 days a week together for five months. One group was having a hard time calling me Mr. Scammell, given how well we knew each other after all that time together. It just seemed too formal, and I had nicknames for many of them. They started looking for more informal versions of Scammell. Scammie stuck for a while before Scamdog took over.
I tried to keep things formal, and insisted that it be Mr. Scamdog, but that one never had a chance. I thought Scamdog by itself was just too informal. I suggested THE Scamdog as a way of formalizing it slightly, but that didn’t take either. One student wrote “Take it to the hoop, Scamdog” on the last page of every math test he handed in to me over four years.
In the end, I had to switch schools just to get away from Scamdog (and from coaching). Then this internet thing came along, and thescamdog seemed like a good username, so I used it a few places. Surprisingly, it was taken in a few I tried, too. There’s another one of me out there somewhere.
And now you know me just a little bit better.