‘Crack the Eggs of Wisdom’
Here’s a little gem of a conversation I’d like to share:
I was talking to a friend of mine about our ideal classrooms and he told me he’d been preparing quirky catchphrases for certain situations – something to signify something important or novel was about to occur. The phrase he came up with: ‘Hold on a sec kids… I’m about to crack some eggs of wisdom’.
There’s more to this than the peculiarity and hilarity. He predicted the following scenario would unfold: he would drop this phrase a few times to chuckles and smiles. However, this will create a bond between him and his students that is unique to their classroom – no other teacher ‘cracks the eggs of wisdom’ with them. After a while, students will start using the term sarcastically with each other. It will become an inside joke among him and all of his students – something connecting and uniting the entire class. This is no longer just another class – this is another class where we crack the eggs of wisdom.
I thought about this and made a connection: another friend experienced great success with minor classroom management issues by implementing an additional class rule: ‘Keep it Classy’. Whenever students were having an inappropriate conversation or cursing, they were told to ‘Keep it Classy’. It was always used light-heartedly, but students somehow submitted. After a while, they started saying it to each other – a bit sarcastically, but they were using it never the less. Soon the class was ‘policing’ themselves in a light-hearted manner, smiling the whole time. He is now affectionately remembered as the ‘Keep it Classy’ teacher, and his management issues were greatly reduced after the induction of this rule.
This has made me think about the vocabulary I use with my students. What’s a phrase I would like to introduce to create a bond with the classroom? To create something lighthearted and lift the mood? To further this idea of a classroom community? Something that the students can eventually take ownership of and begin using themselves? I’ve been thinking of stealing their ideas – possibly one for discipline or a class rule, or one to mark important information that these students should remember and pay very close attention to.
You’ve just been served a wisdom omelet.