Today, we were discussing the Latin root "mar" meaning sea, and - because my students know my first name is Mariel - one of my 4th graders, J, said, "Does that mean we should call you 'sea-riel.'" (Cereal.) I laughed and told him yes. None of the other students got the joke. I rewarded this student for his creativity with a Starburst, and he's been calling me Sea-riel all day.