Saturday, April 13, 2013

Spark Student Motivation Saturday-Scan to Win!

Happy Saturday! Hope you had a great week!
It's time for another Spark Student Motivation Saturday! There were so many great ideas last week, I can't wait to read more!
Directions for Spark Student Motivation Saturday: We all have techniques that work in our classrooms and this is going to be our place to share our magic tricks! Every teacher needs a bag of tricks! Each Saturday you can link up to share ONE idea/tip/incentive you use in your classroom to motivate your students. I want it to be quick and easy for you to link you up each week and this will give us weeks of ideas! It can be an idea you've used recently or with a different grade level, something someone else has used, individual student motivator, or a school wide incentive. What do you do to motivate or encourage your students? Choose any topic you want to share about, here are some possible topics, but not limited to:
Completion of Homework
Reading Counts/Accelerated Reader
Getting Along With Others
Returning Forms
Basically ANYTHING you do in your class that is EXTRA and gets kids excited! No idea is too simple, sometimes it's the little things that make a big difference! The possibilities for this linky are endless! I can't wait to see what everyone does in their classrooms! I think this time of the year is a perfect time for this linky especially with spring fever-we all need a bag FULL of magic tricks!!

Now for a NEW magic trick from my class...sometimes I feel badly about posting a product on a linky party, but I had to share this successful and innovative incentive I have for my class-they're going crazy over it and I'm really proud of it! (Please excuse the "wall footage"-just wanted to give you an idea of how these tickets work).
Sorry the video is only of my students' voices-but you can "hear" their excitement right? (Does anyone else hate the way their voice sounds on a video??!!) I just made these Scan to Win Reward Tickets a few weeks ago and they've already made several appearances in my class! For this particular video it was used for a weekly drawing, but when I first introduced the tickets to my class I passed them out randomly for great behavior, deep thinking, helping another classmate, etc. just to get them excited about this new incentive! Now, anytime someone does something "good", a student will say, "Mrs. Miller, I think he/she should get a "Scan to Win"!! They love the scanning part and the other students can't wait for the reveal. (They like to show them under the document camera so everyone can see!) They use my phone to scan (free QR reader app) their tickets.
Of course, after I made them I let them sit on my desk in students' view for a few days...I like to build suspense! Every student who came to my desk was like: "What are those for?" Are we using those in our class?" Are those prizes for us?" I just shrugged and said, "You'll have to wait and see..."
Next week I plan on using them as a motivator for them to do their best during testing...I tell them I'm taking names of students I see looking back and double checking their work!
If you would like these tickets to make an appearance in your classroom, I'm offering 20% off this product until Monday!
You can PIN TO WIN!! Two easy steps:

1) Pin the Scan to Win Reward Tickets on Pinterest
2) Leave a comment with your email (if it's not already set up with your comments) and the Pinterest ID in the comment (all you have to do is copy the URL after you pin it to your board and then paste it into the comment section).

I will choose two lucky winners by random generator to use this motivational tool in their classroom on Saturday evening.
***Don't forget to grab my button and link back to this post. Why don't we share some blog love and follow/comment on at least one other post while we're here? I can't wait to see everyone's great ideas!
Thanks for linking up!


  1. These look awesome, Joanne!! This is perfect for your linky so I don't think you should feel bad about promoting it:) I have never scanned anything and don't have a smart phone, but I do have an iPad! Would that work? I really want to try it!! I'll be linking up later today:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

    1. Great question Holly! Yes, you can use an iPad, iPod Touch, smart phone, anything you can download an app! And thanks for your kind words!

  2. I loooooooove these! LOVE THEM!!

    I would like to win them pleeeeeeeeease!!

    (pick me, pick me)
    Collaboration Cuties

    Oh, and thank you for letting us link up!! :O)
    (But, pick ME)

  3. I love QR codes. Kids think they are magic at the best of times, but this bumps it up a notch! Awesome job!

    Suntans and Lesson Plans

  4. I love these QR prizes! So smart :)
    Pinned and would love to win:


  5. These look SO fun! My kiddos would go nuts for these :)

    I pinned it...hope I win it!

    Joy in the Journey

  6. I love how you built up suspense with your students. I am loving this idea.

    Here is my pin (to win it!)

    Also loving this linky - thanks for hosting.

    Looking From Third to Fourth

  7. What a great idea! I can see why the students love it! I think I need to join the technology world and buy a device that could scan QR codes :)

  8. These are great! My students will love these.
    Rose Loiacono

  9. I love that idea!!! Definietly gonna use this!!!

    Hodges Herald

  10. Pick MEEEEEEEEEEEE! I love the idea of using them as a motivator for "if I see you check your test..." I would totally use that on Math day with "if I see you using your scratch paper!" because Lord knows they think they can do it all in their head. (ACK!!!!!)

    ideas by jivey


    I love this idea! :)


  12. Thanks for hosting! I'm your newest follower. I couldn't just pick one though.

  13. Woohoo! Here's my pin:
    What a great idea! :)
    I'm Lovin Lit

  14. These are super. I love that you use the technology to do what many of us do already with tickets or other rewards. I am looking forward to trying this out with my students. I hope I win. Here is my pin.

    Charlene/Diamond Mom

  15. My students love QR codes -- must be the mystery of it all! A very fresh idea. Thanks for sharing!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  16. students are in LOVE with Scan To Win tickets! After Spring Break is the hardest to keep 5th graders motivated, so I plan to make it through the rest of the year with these. They're also great for behavior. All week long I pass out tickets and I draw 6 to scan and win on Fridays. My students beg me to draw more! Thanks for an excellent resource Joanne! :)

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  18. What a fabulous motivator for your students! This is a great linky. Thank you for hosting it.
    Foreman Teaches

  19. Thank you so much for sharing this idea! I am looking forward to reading everyone's tips-my kiddos could definitely use some motivation these days! :)


  20. Thank you for sharing. I will definitely be using these after FCAT to keep my students motivated!

  21. Joanne!! This is THE coolest idea ever!!!! Oh my goodness, you are a genius! My kids absolutely love QR codes and I know that this will definitely help some of those students who need that extra motivation during the last quarter of school!!! Can't wait to use these!

    Lessons with Laughter

  22. You're so interesting! I don't suppose I've truly read through a single thing like this before. So good to discover somebody with original thoughts on this subject matter. Really.. thank you for starting this up. This site is something that is needed on the internet, someone with some originality!

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  23. Thanks for your creativity and hard work!
    I've pinned to win

  24. Absolutely love this idea of "Scan to win!." I also really appreciate the video of how it worked in your class! I am happy to be your newest follower! I would love it if you stopped on by and joined our "I heart QR Code" Linky party and shared this motivator!

    I Heart QR Codes 
    Table Talk with C & C

  25. Whoops!! And I've pinned to win!!

    Table Talk with C & C

  26. I love kids. Seeing them shouting, running, playing make me feel energetic. This is very nice blog post. I liked reading it. And thanks for posting the video of that student. I think he's cute!

    Mark Duin
    Motivational Speaker

  27. Great idea Joanne! I pinned ya! :)
    Thanks for your help and I'm looking forward to linking up! :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners

    1. PS... I have no idea where all those spaces came from. :). Yet another thing I will need to learn. ;). Thanks again!

  28. LOVE this idea! Can't wait to try something like that in our room. Just linked up with you and am happy to be your newest follower!

    Table Talk with C & C

  29. I just saw these...awesome idea! I have a student with autism who has been struggling and the psychologist suggested putting a bunch of rewards that she likes in a jar, sort of like a lottery when she earns a reward because she won't know what she's getting but they should all be things she likes. Something like this would be perfect!

    Literacy Spark

  30. If it's Friday than you must have some plan for weekends. It's always good to plan for weekends and expend time with friends and family with pleasure. sop for ms

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  32. I love this and plan to use these since my students are starting back 5 days a week. Once you hand them out do you then put them in a bowl to pick out a few winners?


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