It is Saturday morning and time to link up with Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching. This Saturday is much better than last week as my coffee actually has caffeine in it!
I have 2 quick ideas I would like to share with you this week. I apologize for not having actual photos from my class but it is not my fault - blame Mother Nature. I have not been at school since Wednesday! We had two snow/ice pellet/freezing rain/no hydro days in a row!
#1 Magic Garbage
I am very lucky to have 3 wonderful students (2 boys and 1 girl) who love to help clean up the classroom. They do jobs without being asked, they do it with a smile, they always volunteer to help out and they are the first to clean up the floor when I mention that it is looking a little out of control (usually on art days!).
But the other students - not so interested. Every day I say "Clean up the floor around your desk" and every day I am ignored. UNLESS I mention that I have seen a piece of Magic Garbage. That's right Magic Garbage. I select one piece of garbage in my head and the student who picks it up gets a prize (from prize bin - pencil, bouncy ball, eraser etc.). Some days I don't even announce there is Magic Garbage - I just hand out a prize - the next day SPOTLESS!
I use this technique very sporadically - just when I can't take being ignored any longer! I was motivated to try this by the awesome and hilarious Mr. Smith at Teacher Tipster.
#2 Blurt Chart
This is sort-of a "Motivate Not To" strategy. I borrowed this idea from Mrs. Prince & Co. (click here to read her post). You can pick up her Blurt Chart freebie here.
|This is Mrs. Prince's chart not mine. Click here to head to her post.|
That's it - 2 little strategies, easy to use but have been effective for me. Be sure to hop on over to Joanne's blog and check out all the other ideas teachers are sharing this week.
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