So I'm a day late on this one, but I love the new link up that Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching is hosting!
The idea is easy- just post something you do to help keep your students motivated. So, here it goes!
In my classroom, we use a classroom currency called "Hoot Loot" to go along with my owl theme. My students earn hoot loot by turning in all assignments for a month, getting 15 class dojo points in a week, having a clean desk, or for a random act of kindness. I even give paychecks out on Friday to students who completed their class jobs that week. Once a quarter, we have a class auction for school supplies and little toys that I picked up from the dollar store or the Target dollar bins. The kids love the prizes, and saving up all quarter helps them stay motivated. What's your student motivation tip?
This week I had an out of body experience. I was teaching science before lunch, and we were learning about the universe and our galaxy. The kids were really into it, asking questions about other parts of the galaxy and planets in our solar system. When the bell rang for recess, I told them to get ready to line up. No one moved... which was odd. One student raised his hand, and said "Mrs. B, can we have more science time instead of recess today?" My jaw DROPPED! I was so impressed that they were so into the science that they wanted to give up recess. Of course, I sent them out to burn off energy anyway, but I had a big smile on my face as I did.What a great moment- I won't forget that any time soon!
I'm creeping up near 100 followers... wahoo! I am planning a giveaway for when I reach 100. I'm thinking a gift card? This is the time of year that everyone can always use a little extra cash. Speaking of freebies, there are some great giveaways this week- check them out!
Pencil Sharpener Giveaway @ Wild Rumpus