|The RIBL classroom|
RIBL cares nothing for fairness or rules. RIBL capers in the chaos of a dancing star.
In a RIBLed classroom the teacher must take on the roll of instigator, chaos clown and mischief maker, unless, of course, students are expecting that; only the unexpected can yield RIBLed results. RIBL thrives is the unexpected.
The RIBL teacher recognizes that life is essentially meaningless and doesn't force a false sense of security on their students. They discourage any belief in social norms and try for existential angst whenever they can.
RIBLed rubrics contain sections like: shock, awe, bewilderment and eureka. If the learning is unexpected and creating an epiphany in the learner, then RIBL has been achieved. If a student learns what they are supposed to be learning, the teacher has failed. Only when students discover momentous breakthroughs in calculus while studying Shakespeare, or suddenly grasp photo-synthesis in phys-ed class, is RIBL being achieved.
RIBLed students are often nervous or completely terrified of what may happen in class. They often cower in groups in the hallway, refusing to make eye contact with their terrifying, unpredictable teachers. Many high schools seem to have adopted RIBL approaches to learning already.
There is only one rule about RIBL, you do not talk about RIBL! (unless you unexpectedly do)
RIBL defies optimization or organization, in fact, it actively dismantles them. The RIBL that can be explained is not the true RIBL. Only through lack of certainty can students truly exceed their own expectations and learn something new about themselves.
Beware staring into RIBL, for
the longer you stare in to RIBL,
the longer RIBL stares back into you!
A student who produces work that annoys or seems irrelevant to the work at hand is a strong candidate for a good RIBLing.
Engagement is never an issue in the RIBLed classroom, as RIBLed students are often in great peril and tend to approach classwork in a defensive/survival stance rather than with sighs of boredom.
RIBLing is the most divine form of teaching, it's what the world does when class isn't on.