Spark Student Motivation and a Sale

I really wanted to name this blog post: This, That and Another Thing but thought I should be a little more here goes.

I am linking up with my friend Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching for her linky party....

On Tuesday I posted about trying multiplication name tags (read about it here). They are a huge hit!! We wore them all week and my students learned mine every day and retained the facts that I wore (I wore 8x8, 6x7 and 7x7). I know my students were motivated because #1 everyday when they walked in the walked straight over to the hooks and picked one up and #2 a few parents came in to my class to see our nametags since they had heard so much about them and we showed them how we were using them. Also as I walked the halls my former students would stop me to work out my nametag - yes I wore it everywhere!!

So if you are thinking of trying this to motivate your students I just wanted to share two more ideas that we used this week. One day instead of just introducing themselves they had a clipboard with a grid with everyone's name and as they walked around they recorded the fact for each person. We used the list for them to call on each other throughout the day.

The other idea we did on Friday - because hey, it was Friday - was we stood in a circle and threw a nerf like ball to each other by calling out each other's fact and answer. We tried to go fast but sometimes there was a dramatic pause and some quick finger counting. We played a couple times throughout the day - because hey, like I said it was Friday :)

While I have you here I want to share two more things that have been huge motivators in my class over the last few weeks. They are Joanne's Synonym Rings and Cite the Evidence posters. I have both of these products on binder rings for my students. They love pulling them out to improve their work. They love that they can use them independently and they super duper love when I point out someone's work who used them. Our current favorite is to use the sentence stem "According to the text..." we have to say that one in our very serious voices. Here is a picture of one of my cuties who asked if she could read her rings when she finished her work - really she just wanted to flip through them and read them. One of my Educational Assistants asked for a copy to use at home with her kids after she saw how the students in my class used them and loved them!

And lastly I wanted to let you know that myself and a bunch of other bloggers are having sales on TPT this weekend - just in case you are motivated to try any new products!!! Be sure and check out these stores.

Thanks to Kayla at Primary Junction for making this cute button!!


  1. Love your ideas with multiplication facts. I'm going to have to try them with my 3rd graders in the weeks to come. It's always so nice to have them practice these skills in more ways that one to promote fluency!! Thanks for sharing!
    Mrs. Bentin's Blackboard

  2. Thanks for the shout outs! (I'm sending you another goodie tonight my sweet friend!!). I've used the labels for multiplication and vocabulary, but I love the Nerf football and clipboard activities-definitely adding this to my classroom! Thanks for sharing and linking up!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  3. Prepping addition facts right now for my 2nd graders to wear next week! Hope my kids love it as much as yours do!

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  4. Ohh...I just had a brilliant idea and we can be billionaires. Mutliplication tattoos. Think about it...those things stay on for daaaaaaays. We can put them in little prize machines around the world. A quarter a tattoo. Think about all the children that buy those things. Kind of like the Jamberry of multiplication facts. Billionaires I tell you. Maybe I shouldn't have posted this on the internet for others to steal our retirement fund.
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  5. What a fun way to practice facts! I really like the variety of activities you and your students did. A great way to reach different kinds of learners. :)

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings


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