What’s in a name? FUN!

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).

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About DarlaMoore

In short - Teacher, Author, Speaker, and sometimes PopCulture Pirate. http://www.now2wowpublishing.com In long- Darla's 1st career was in Psychology. For the past 11 years she has taught everything from 3rd grade to college Freshmen in both urban and rural settings. She is a Lead Content Expert and Content Alignment Committee Member in the area of ELA for the Ohio Department of Education and has presented at numerous conferences and workshops. As an author she has contributed to The Gates Foundation, US Department of Education, ETS, AIR, and many other educational communities. Her anticipated series of books, Moore’s Common Core Teacher Guides will be available from Amazon starting July 2012. Follow her on Twitter at darlasays. You can also find her as part of Now2WOW Publishing

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