How Do You Name Your Class

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  1. BruinsFan63

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    I've never named my class before, but many teachers do in my school. Just curious how other teachers go about allowing their students to take part in making their class but keeping it reasonable.

    My last name is Mitchell. But I don't think it has to be off of my last name.

    Maybe an animal they pick by rotating alphabet.

    Any help!
     
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  3. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

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    I don't name my class...

    But you could go with alliteration:
    Mitchell's Magnificent Masterminds....
     
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    I remember when I was in middle school, all the teachers had signs outside their doors naming their classes after places. Like Ryan's River, Harrison's Hacienda, Mueller's Mountain, Lincoln's Lair, etc. etc. I never understood why they did that to be honest, but perhaps something like that....
     
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    I call each class my Superstars. They don't get to pick.
     
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    Where I work, the teachers come up with a theme. For instance, last year it was flowers so we all had to choose a flower name. This year it's super heroes so we all chose a super hero name. My classroom name is The SuperHumans
     
  7. bojeeone

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    We had similar theme and called the class Gradebusters (like Ghostbusters) ;)
     
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    One school I taught at had to be named-- we all had to have a class flag-- it was a big to-do. I asked students for ideas that they wrote on a scrap paper and put in a bucket. I went through, picked a 2-3 create ones and had the class vote using the same method. (This way, they felt they had buy-in.) We ended up being Sour Patch Smarties. Lol.
     
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    I used my last name or my last initial -- Grade 1 Jones or 1J
     
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    I guess that I never thought of naming my class - no matter what grade I was teaching.
     
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    A helpful method of classroom voting is the "fist-to-five" vote. The students close their eyes and raise a fist, 1 finger, 2 fingers, etc. up to 5 fingers. 0 for not preferring that choice at all and 5 for the highest preference. The purpose of the fist-to-five is to give the students more of a choice in the vote. A danger might be hurt feelings if a student's choice receives less votes, but that problem has never occurred in my elementary classrooms. Usually, as suggestions begin to build upon each other, the entire class tends to feel like all the suggestions are great but a few tend to be better, and those who made the losing suggestions haven't had their feelings hurt. Another advantage is that the students get to raise their hand (and fingers) for each choice rather than just one choice.
     
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    My students never had a choice. They were always Mr. A's All-Stars.
     
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    At the start of the year we researched animal groups (an ambush of tigers, a waddle of penguins, etc) and found out why they were better together. Then we brainstormed why we as a class were better helping each other and collaborating. Finally, I had the kids suggest class names and we voted and made a sign to go over the door.
     

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