I ran across this article a couple of weeks ago, http://www.inc.com/joe-reynolds/the-case-for-letting-employees-choose-their-own-creative-titles.html. The Case for Title Tomfoolery from inc.com and LOVED the concept! What ownership! Imagine picking our own title for your career! The gist of the article for those of you who didn’t follow the link is allowing employees to pick their own employment titles. Make them fun & clever. Examples – Keyboard Cowboy = Tech Specialist, Duke of Dollars = accountant. I thought this would be a great morale booster at a school. Have teachers come up with more creative titles than teacher. (You may now refer to me as the Empress of ELA Education, by the way.)
Let’s take it a step farther – What if as a beginning of the year activity, you let students create their own classroom title. Instead of assigning classroom jobs, students self-selected their titles. Captain Clean-Up, Queen QuickTrip, and you know to watch out for Chief Mischief Maker. I think this way of thinking could turn into a good writing project and character study. Could students create a comic style adventure book of their almost-superhero title? Absolutely! Talk it over with a Sergeant of Social Studies. Perhaps there could be some cross-curricular adventures in writing as Document Diva Meets Genghis Kahn. Hoodie Hoarder Meets Christopher Columbus.
What’s in a name? Perhaps more classroom engagement (and giggles).