Saturday, August 24, 2013

Spark Student Motivation: Happy New School Year!

Happy Saturday Friends! Let's get this PARTY started!
Well, this was my first week back to school and last year I bought these on clearance in January and was so excited to use them for the first day of school!
 I bought this sign at Dollar Tree when they had all their graduation merchandise.
 I didn't decorate or bring out any party favors until the end of the day when they got back from special area. I found this really cool New Year's Ever countdown timer that I projected on my board.
I got them ready at the 20 second mark.
Several ran to the board to start the countdown!
Happy New School Year!

Several of my former students leave early to be safety patrols, and they stopped by my room because they heard all the horns and noise! (It was kind of loud, but just for a couple of minutes!) A COUPLE OF MINUTES THEY WILL NEVER FORGET! They wore that hats, beads, and leis down the hallways to go home and I heard them telling other students and teachers, "We already had a party!'
I'm so glad I thought of this idea when I saw those decorations on clearance last January, this "3 minute party" to welcome the new school year will definitely be replayed year after year!
I think they're pretty MOTIVATED about 4th grade!

Confession: I was nervous to have a "party" the first day, but I waited until the very end of the day and you really can only have a Happy New School Year the first day right? So, I decided to be a risk-taker like I tell my students, and just go for it! I was just worried I'd set the tone for parties everyday! haha
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  1. So brave of you! It definitely sounds and looks as if it were a big hit! I will have to remember this for next year, maybe at orientation?

  2. I love this idea! School starts on Monday for us. I think I will have to borrow this idea. I guess that means I'll be heading to Party City some time this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

  3. It looks like they had a blast! What a wonderful idea for the first day to get the kids excited!

    The Second Grade Superkids

  4. What an adorable idea! You were definitely very brave to have done that, but the first day is usually so chaotic anyway, why not, right? I bet they were super excited to come back the next day!

    Collaboration Cuties

  5. What a cute idea! I would've never thought to use new year decor! GREAT idea!

  6. What a fantastic idea. I'm sure your kiddos will talk about that moment all year! What a fun way to keep them wondering what their teacher will "think up" next!

    Hunter's Teaching Tales
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  7. What a GREAT idea!!!!

    need to write this down on to do January list!!!

    Hodges Herald

  8. How fun!
    I will be going to the party store in December to get ready for next year.

    Thank you for sharing another great idea!


  9. BRILLIANT! I really need to try this next year! Your babies truly are going to have the best year ever with YOU!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  10. Great idea! Looks like fun had by all!! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

  11. What a great idea - a party on the first day! This is a great way to start the year off on a positive note - I am sure you had an amazing first week. Hope you relaxed and rested this weekend :)

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