Saturday, June 8, 2013

Spark Student Motivation Saturday: Super Prize Board

It's Saturday....let's get each other motivated! What are you motivated to try next year or what motivates your students? It can be ANYTHING that motivates you or your students!
I made this "Super" Prize Board last summer {inspired by Pinterest} and it's used as an incentive, visual reminder, and decoration all in one!
Students sign the prize board when I see them setting an excellent example, getting right to work when we enter the room, sharing, helping others, etc. They never know when I'm going to call the numbers...sometimes I call them everyday even if there's empty spaces, sometimes I wait til the entire board is filled, sometimes on Fridays. (If I call numbers when spaces are empty, I let them know I will call 3 numbers (any number I choose), if there's no name on the space, no one wins). I have miscellaneous prizes and junk :O) in a tub for them to choose from if they are called.
*Best story: You know the sample pictures you get from the school pictures? After school I had a few kids helping me and I asked one of my boys to put it in the prize box as a joke. I didn't know, but he hid it under all the other stuff so no one would take it. I called his name a few days later and he ran to retrieve his "prize". He said it's on his refrigerator at home! LOL!
 I used a 1/2 sheet of poster board and laminated. My students use dry erase markers to write their names. I have my Super Prize Board hanging on my erase board with magnets in the front of my room so it's a great reminder for me to use it too!

Want these letters to make a board? Click the picture and you can have them! Thanks again for reading, following, and/or commenting on my almost 300 followers blog! :O)
**This would be a great project to make for Tara's Monday Made It!

Link up any idea that motivates you or your students-if it motivates you, it motivates them! No idea is too small or too big! :O)
** Don't forget to grab my button and this post when you link up.
While we're here, let's share some blog love and "motivate" each other by following/commenting at least one person's post! :O) I can't wait to read everyone's ideas!
Thanks for linking up! (During June and July this linky is the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month).


  1. Your prize board is super cute :) I think I fixed the no-reply blogger thing...I hope it worked!! :)

    A Sunny Day in First Grade

  2. Very cute! I love that idea!!

    I'm having bloggers block, (maybe because I'm exhausted) but if I think of something, I will link up!

    Collaboration Cuties

  3. Love your board, that is a great idea. Thanks for sharing the materials to make it. That is too cute that your student took your picture as his prize! I wrote a post, honest I did, I'm just having a hard time linking, off to reboot and try again :( - hate being late to a party!

  4. I like the randomness of the prize board:) Thanks for letting me join the party:)

    Middle School OCD

  5. I want to try that out this next year too!

  6. I love this idea, Joanne, and will be making one for next year. Sounds like a great way to motivate kids, and it's easy!

  7. I think the prize story is precious. I just downloaded the file so I can tweak it to fit my ocean theme. Thanks for sharing and hosting. It's my first time joining up.

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  8. This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

    Hodges Herald

  9. Thanks for sharing! What kinds of prizes do you put in your box? I've never used prizes before so I have no idea what to use. Thanks


  10. I think I'll be adding this to my summer to do list! What a neat idea!
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