It’s a new day, it’s a new class (or maybe its the same old class), but either way, it’s time to get to know your students. There are tried and true methods of doing this, from games like Two Truths and a Lie to having students fill out information sheets.
Recently, after reading Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin (which I highly recommend!), I thought about a new way to get to know students: have them create a coat of arms. Creating a coat of arms, in my opinion, is a wonderful way to challenge students into thinking about personal values and how to symbolically represent them.
After doing some research, I came across Make Your Coat of Arms, a site that simply allows students to make their own coat of arms (pretty self-explanatory). Students simply enter their name and emails (no sign ups required, just information), and then they can begin using the flash creator to design their personal coat of arms. This is what the flash application looks like once students fill out their basic info:
Students can customize their coats by choosing from a wide selection of choices in the following categories, which are displayed step-by-step to build their coats:
- Shield (shape and color)
- Family Name (text, font, and color)
- Motto (pre-created list or new motto text, font, and color)
- Values (pre-created list or new value text)
- Symbols (pre-created list of symbols including animals, objects, and people)