Posted by: jockmackenzie | May 1, 2009

Classroom Management – Creating an Identity


When I arrived at West Park Middle School, it appeared that my four classes were known as 6A, 6B, 6C and 6D. I know at Eastview we used to employ these same exciting designations. You can imagine the thrill a student might feel once he had been assigned – “Oooooh, wow! I’m in the legendary 8B.” Or, maybe not.

My new classes are now A’s, B’s, etc. but Assassins, BaNinjas, Cinderella Kids, & Dudes. The process to choose the moniker was democratic. I stepped into the hallway, having chosen one student to record possibilities on the whiteboard, and gave the kids a couple of minutes. I returned to see at least 8 possibilities written down. We went through the “close your eyes, one vote each” routine until we narrowed the choices to a maximum of four. Having sorted the wheat from the chaff, we did the “eyes closed, vote” once again. Now we have an identity.

At Eastview, the name your class routine has reached new heights. At one time we chose according to a Social Studies theme and ended up with Tlingit, G’wichen, MicMac and Iroquois. Recently, a more general approach was taken. The pictures show the results. (I must add that the Wizards were more completely “The Wizards of Roz” – the class taught by Steve Rozlinsky, a.k.a. Mr. Roz)


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