My 6th period Expository Writing class accused me of bragging about my magical skills when I showed them the new Google Classroom banner I made of them. So, I told them they could choose their own banner.
They did: they made me stand on a chair and take a picture of them with their mascot, the “writer’s block.”
I should also add that 6th period has a friendly rivalry with my 5th period Expository Writing class.
And by friendly rivalry, I mean that I’m wearing a bullet-proof vest and SWAT team gear for 5th period when I meet their wrath. I’m also 99% sure I’ll have to take a picture of them and then split-banner the two.
Changing the banner is a great opportunity for teachers to build class morale. Students can earn the right to choose the banner of the week, or as my students did, proclaim their ownership of the page with a photo of themselves.