What's this got to do with education? I'm getting there. Actually, I'm there.
My dog is SUCH a Sparky! He lives up to that name with every fiber of his being. Even when he's sleeping on my feet (as he is now) his wild mess of fur is quite Sparky.
My class is called the Thinkers. I decided on that name when, after four years of teaching third grade with "no" class name, I got tired of hearing my students ask what "we" could be. They wanted things like "Ms. Diem's Dinosaurs" or "Ms. Diem's Devils" none of which were very fitting. "D" just isn't one of those last names that goes well with a "thing" like that. (Trust me, it's a problem I've been battling since childhood, when all my friends were making little trinket boxes called "Stacey's Stuff" and the like.)
That's when I decided if I was going to succumb to peer pressure, it was going to be a powerful name. Something my students could live and become, not just an animal (though quite cute in younger grades!) The Thinkers were then born. It was quite perfect, actually, Ms. Diem's Third Grade Thinkers. Being a Thinker is a learner profile trait that we emphasis school-wide, and here my class was, calling themselves Thinkers right off the bat!
Though I now teach fourth grade, I kept the name Thinkers because it is just too good to change. It's so true, too. Watching my Thinkers pose problems for each other, inquire, research, act, learn, grow, THINK is so rewarding! I feel like now, more than ever, the name fits, as we're doing so many new (to me) things that are carrying the Thinkers into the future, where they'll be the ones shaping it into some not-yet-thought-of masterpiece of thoughtfulness!