Rogue 492's Bio

Nancy Hamper
Rogue 492

  • Name- Nancy Hamper
  • Content Area- Mathematics
  • Location- OH   USA
  • Current School- Jefferson
  • Grade Level- Elementary
  • Teaching Since- 1991
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Bio

How I Use Star Wars in the Classroom

I teach in a self contained classroom, and I created a JEDI training program to help with discipline. JEDI stands for Jefferson Elementary Disciplined Individuals. I teach 5th grade, so I created 5 pillars of character that each JEDI must uphold. Focus, Initiative, Respect, Self-Discipline, and Trust. The letters spell out FIRST. With these pillars I created an Obligation that each student has to memorize in order to advance in rank. The ranking is based on the U.S. Marines program. Recruit, private, private first class, lance corporal, corporal, sergeant, staff sergeant, gunnery sergeant, and master sergeant. Those cover the 9 months of the school year. Each student is a recruit, and they have to recite the Obligation to advance to private, from there on they have to get zero hole punches in their classroom behavior ticket to advance in rank. They can request advancement if they get hole punches, and that requires a written essay, and meeting with a review board (the teacher). As the teacher, I am the CO- Commanding Officer, and our principal is the Executive Officer (XO). This is still a work in progress, but the kids are eating it up. They love the marching in the halls, they have designed a flag to represent our classroom (platoon 208), the flag is carried by the guide, and they each have name tags with symbols and color coding for their rank. Each group of desks within my room represents a squad, and at each squad I select a squad leader who is assigned additional responsibilities like monitor, or paper collector, etc.. The student have elected to complete various exercises as part of a physical training each day. I have Star Wars stickers and trinkets that have become great incentive items. With each rank comes certain responsibilities and privileges. The students have gotten many compliments on how well they behave in the hallway, and how quiet they are in the classroom.

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