Using Red Armbands for Tech Leaders?

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  1. Peregrin5

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    I made a few arm-bands for students who are great with technology in my tech class so they can feel a little special and be a little more motivated to help out other students who are struggling with tech.

    I was modeling them off of the red armbands that are prevalent in Japanese schools for leadership (i.e. student council, club presidents, etc.). (because I and a lot of my kids watch anime we'd get the reference) They have the words: "Student Tech Leader" on them.

    But then I remembered that the Nazi party would wear red armbands with a swastika on them. Ours do NOT have swastikas, but I'm wondering if I might run into problems letting kids wear these while in tech class.

    example of how Japanese people use them: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/RedArmbandOfLeadership
     
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    Why armbands? Why not some kind of hat or something around their neck?
     
  4. catnfiddle

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    If you're concerned about the armbands, why not try sashes? Kids are used to looking for sashes similar to safety patrol in elementary school.

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  5. gr3teacher

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    Absolutely not. My third graders can figure out who the most tech-savvy kids are without me pointing them out. I'm sure your eighth graders can do the same. It's hard for me to imagine anything good out of officially labeling an eighth grader as the teacher's pet.
     
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    Not labeling them a teachers pet, just someone they can ask for help. Yes they know who they are, but I think it might motivate them to help out more if they are labeled as leaders in the classroom. Otherwise they will probably just look at it as extra work with nothing really to get out of it.
     
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    No offense, but 8th graders would certainly balk at those. :eek:
     
  8. Peregrin5

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    That might work. But I have a lot of red cloth. Anything I can do with that to make better use of the resources I have on hand?
     
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    If red is you school's color, than by all means do it. If an issue arises, simply switch to the other color or a lighter shade of red. Plus, if the bands are the dark red like the Nazi's were, I don't think most kids would associate it with them.
     
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    I actually find no problem with it.
     
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    Exactly. I think we have become so hyper sensitive over every little thing that it is pretty ridiculous.
     
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    I also find no problem with it.
     
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    Is it REALLY that big of a deal? :rolleyes:

     
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    Perception is reality Peregrin, and I think it's time to get real! If the students are perceiving it it as teachers pet, it is.

    Why not just offer extra credit or edible incentives instead?
     
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    The thing is I don't think anyone would perceive them as teachers pets. I'm basing it off of my experiences with this class and how I interact with these particular students.

    Also extra credit and edible incentives are shallow rewards. Leadership and extra responsibility is more empowering.
     
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    It sounds like you have made your decision. If you think this will be something positive for your students, then give it a try.
     
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    Well I'm going to do something positive, but my main question was about whether the armband thing would be cool or not because of its previous connotation with the Nazi party. Lanyards would be awesome too now that I think about it, but I don't know if I have any lying around.
     
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    Couldn't agree more.

    But now that you mention lanyards, I vote for those! I see no problem with the bands, but you could make some really cool labels for the lanyard. They'll stay clean. Easy to use. Can be easily personalized. And it seems more professional like a real tech person. :)
     
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    :lol: I can just imagine the look on the face of an outsider walking by, glancing into the classroom, and seeing this! :lol:
     
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    I like the lanyard idea as well. It won't mess up their clothing or anything. On a side note, as a Jewish teacher, it would not have bothered me to see it, especially not in the context you provide.
     
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    I don't think it would be an issue, but I think lanyards make more sense and you won't have to worry about size, bulky sweaters being worn underneath, etc. They'd also be easy to hang up near the door when the students are going in and out of your classroom.
     
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    If you do go with the armbands, you could have a logo or label on them-- "Tech leaders" or whatever. That would make them more specific-- a generic looking red armband might be open to more associations than one that is clearly labelled.

    Though I didn't click on your link, so maybe you were planning to do that anyway.
     
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    Red armbands are similarly balk worthy...nerd alert...
     
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    My question now would be where can I get customized lanyards for cheap where I only have to buy like 3?
     
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    Make them yourself...dollar store will Have lanyards...use printer and laminator to make id.
     
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    Cool. I'll look into it!
     
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    Perhaps it would be best to have the students themselves do the selection, then?

    And I could be wrong, but I don't think it's necessarily "nerdy" among kids to be tech-savvy these days.
     
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    Tech savvy..not nerdy. Armbands could be.
     
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    If we're working on something, I simply write the names of students up on my whiteboard that other students should go to if I can't help them at that time (I try to switch it up so everybody can become a "specialist"). I'll train 1 or 2 kids to do something (like how to create a data table using Word) so I know they know how to do it properly.

    I would personally avoid armbands, but I do have a coworker who uses one of those cloth necklace things that has a big tag on the end that says "Kid of the Day" - it's like the teacher's personal assistant for that particular day.
     
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    I think armbands would be a little goofy. If you must do something other than just writing names on the board, lanyards are probably best.
     
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    I like the idea of having certain kids be the specialists on a topic more than just general "tech support" kiddos. The kids will know who will always be able to answer a question without you pointing them out. Saying that Billy is the go-to student today because he's gotten extra training in MS Word, or something, would be better in my view, since theoretically, you could get all the students involved. They'll still know that Suzie is a tech guru in general without you needing to point her out.
     
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    Remember he said several if his kids are into anime do they'd appreciate the reference.

    Walmart has the plastic sleeves you attach to the lanyard and you just slip your customized label inside.
     
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    It's probably not a big deal but is it a battle you want to fight if someone sensitive complains? For me, if there's a viable alternative, then I see no point in taking the risk of having more stress. And in this instance, there's so many viable alternative, that it doesn't make sense to push for something like this. One alternative that I can think of off the top of my head is make a special badge for them?
     
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    Yeah, not doing the armband anymore. And thanks JustMe! I was looking for them at OfficeDepot and the plastic sleeves were like 15 dollars! But they only sold them in packs of like 16, and I only need a few.
     
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    I would send out an email to the faculty and staff...I bet someone would be willing to give you a few. We do that every now and then in my building. :)
     
  36. Honest_Teacher

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    Only on this board can giving students the opportunity to take on more responsibility and demonstrate mastery via teaching be classified as identifying "teacher's pets."

    How sad.
     

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