I woke up this morning with my creative juices flowing. I have been reading a very inspiring book the past few days, and it has got me thinking about how I want to run my classroom next year. One thing I have been thinking about is how to best communicate my expectations to students in a way that doesn’t make them feel inferior, or like I am expecting them to fail.
Then I remembered something I posted on this very blog: the Jedi Rubric.
After a few modifications (I switched it from a 5 point scale to a 4 point scale), I made these on Piktochart:
One thing I like about these is that it makes the rubric less intimidating. Last year, when I told my students I was going to the premier of The Force Awakens, most of them gleefully informed me that they also had plans to do so. Every single one of them knew what I was talking about. Star Wars is so ingrained in our culture that a rubric based on the ranks of the Jedi can’t help but be more accessible to students than the academic language most rubrics are filled with.
Another thing I like about this rubric is that is makes the learning process feel like a journey, a quest, dare I say it, a role playing game. Students aren’t getting grades, they are leveling up. They are advancing to new ranks. They are winning achievements. After hearing the work of Jane McGonigal, you can see why this could be a good thing! I don’t want my students to feel like failures when I give them a 1. I want them to feel like they can still be a Jedi, with more practice.
I am not sure these are completely done; I might tweak the language a bit, and I might try and brush up my graphic design (I made the lightsaber out of basic shapes on Piktochart, so it isn’t exactly the most sophisticated lightsaber reproduction out there). But I definitely like where this is going, and there are good odds for posters like these appearing in my classroom next year.
I leave you with this inspirational quote from a great Jedi Warrior:
“How you get so big, eating food of this kind?”
-Grand Master Yoda