Happy Saturday!! I am linking up with Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching for her awesome Saturday linky - Spark Student Motivation. Be sure to head over to her blog and check out all the ideas being linked up.
Today I am sharing on idea that we use to motivate our whole school to show school spirit. At our school we have a monthly "Spirit Assembly". My BFF and I organize them along with our Student Council. At the beginning of the year we pick a theme and value for each month. On our Spirit Assembly day we all go down to the gym - dressed in our themed gear and announce winners for the Value of the Month Brag Tag, sing Happy Birthday and hand out birthday brag tags, highlight sports teams and student achievements and play a game or do a little dance!
|This month our value is "Fairness" we are focusing on Sportsmanship and we will dress up like a superhero!|
A few years ago we decided to put our students into colour houses. We divided our school into 6 color houses (we have a small school) with one teacher being in charge of each color house. We sit with our color house at assemblies, we earn valuable (?) color house points by having the best cheer, or the best dance moves or the fastest time in a relay. We make color house flags together, we play Name That Christmas Song together, we participate in Winter Fun games as a color house and Summer Fun day too.
Students are awarded color house points for dressing up on the theme day, winning a brag tag and participating in our activities (food donations, pumpkin carving contests, donating hats and mitts etc).
Here is our points board. I am in charge of blue, the winner for two months (that is what the stars show) and my BFF is in charge of yellow house - yes we are motivated to beat each other!!
Do you have color houses - if you do I would love to hear what you do with yours - it is hard to keep coming up with new and fresh ideas.