I try not to give examples. (I learned a couple lessons here. The first lesson I learned the last time I did this is to ask a follow up question: “What’s your favourite answer”, to help guide my choice when I pick their response to go with the photo. The second, hard lesson I learned this time is not to also ask for a school goal in the same form… this resulted in a number of students focusing all of their answers on school goals.).
David Truss shares an activity he uses at the start of the year where he creates a portrait wall with a want, a wish, a hope or a dream underneath it. The key is that these are separate from any sense of learning goals, they are instead focused on the world beyond school. This is an interesting alternative to the walls of jedis or minions.