Rockstar Rebels

Rockstar Rebels

The Context

For the second quarter in a row, students from one section my PWR 2 "A Rebel With A Cause: The Rhetoric of Giving A Damn" organized to keep meeting after the end of the term in order to continue discussions. This Winter 2016, students additionally sought to publish their RBAs in one volume with cover art created during a class activity. In my foreword to the volume (below), I reflect on how lucky I am to have worked with rock star rebels, wishing other instructors similar good fortune.

The forward

How lucky am I?! I think few instructors are so lucky as to have an amazCover image for Rebels and their Causesing classroom of students … rebels … come together as a group and support each other's coursework and progress so thoroughly that they wish to publish together and continue to meet after the quarter ends. I looked forward to every day I spent with them, their questions, insights, curiosity, and joyousness. Class guests commented on their special dynamic, their willingness to participate and speak up, reminding me of how lucky I am to have worked with them. As they continue forward in their years as college students, in their careers, and as global contributors, I hope they will remember just how amazing they are and what they can accomplish on behalf of a world that greatly needs their help and leadership. I hope they will remember just how amazing they are and what they can accomplish on behalf of a world that greatly needs their help and leadership. I hope they will remember their professions[1]. Certainly I will remember that lucky Winter in 2016 when I taught a section of rock star rebels.

 


[1] This “professions” is a reference to the film 300, specifically the scene in which King Leonidas meets Daxos among the Arcadians and, after an exchange, asks the Spartans their professions. I used this call and response as a way to warm students up before they presented (or participated in activities; "Rebels! What is your profession?!").