Saturday, November 23, 2013

Spark Student Motivation: Dangerous Name Tags

Saturday is our time to get MOTIVATED!
This week's motivational idea is short, sweet, and simple!

Post-It Name Badges! (You know anything Post-It I'll buy it!)
*You could also use regular name tags that say "Hello My Name Is" as well.
My mind is always thinking of how I can use things differently in my classroom, so...
When my students do something CRAZY smart in my classroom I call them "Dangerous" (they love that word!) I also have a custom rubber stamp and cape with "Dangerous" on it too! 
These labels can be used again, allowing them to wear them for a few days.
Trust me...they are very proud to wear these name badges! 
This sweet gem is "Seriously Dangerous" because she went up 20 points on her big reading unit test and scored an A!!!! So proud of her hard work! 
This vocabulary whiz was "Dangerous" with his words! This particular day he identified 6 of our vocabulary words during my read aloud and he used lots of vocabulary in his writing.
This super reader finished a chapter book in one night and scored a 10/10 on his Reading Counts test!
This is just a quick way to recognize my students who go above and beyond with their thinking. They really love it when other teachers/students ask them why their name is "Dangerous," it gives them a chance to brag about their accomplishments!
I mean, who doesn't want to be called DANGEROUS??!!
**There will be NO Spark Student Motivation Saturday next week due to the holiday-Happy Thanksgiving and hope to see you December 7th. 

I hope you had a wonderful week! Please link up any lessons, ideas, tips, tricks, incentives, ANYTHING you do get your students motivated or excited!
Don't forget to grab my button and link back to this post!
Check out all the wonderful ideas from my friends who link up and don't forget to leave some love by commenting....we LOVE comments!

CONGRATULATIONS Alison! You won my Multi-Step Problem Solving Performance Task Notebook! Thank you everyone for pinning!


  1. What a great idea, Joanne! You can see how proud your kids are to have earned those badges!

    Forever in Fifth Grade

  2. Love this idea! Guess what I'll be doing with those badges I got from someone special??? :) :)

  3. Joanne, thy name is DANGEROUS - to my bank account!! Every week I want to steal your awesome ideas and I have to explain to my husband why I must make one more trip to the Dollar Store and Business Depot. Love this idea - those name tags are super cute!!

  4. Whaaaaaaaaaat? I won??????? I am goin' to be so DANGEROUS.....SERIOUSLY DANGEROUS when I use the pack with my kids! Can you tell I love your Dangerous Name Badges idea? I made it safely to CA! XOXOX
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  5. My fifth grade Language Arts students would LOVE this idea! Cute and simple! Gonna give it a whirl as the prize for winning our classroom review games! Thanks for sharing.

  6. This is so fun! My kids would love to be called dangerous! What a fabulous idea!

  7. Another great idea:) Thanks for to find those stickers:)

    4th Grade Frolics

  8. Thank you for another great idea! What a fun and meaningful way to motivate students. I am going to give it a try.

    Fit to be fourth

  9. Such a clever idea! Your students look so proud to be able to wear their new name badges.

    Have a great short week & happy Thanksgiving! I'm thankful I "met" you in blog land this year!! :)

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  10. I think my middle school special ed kiddos would like being called dangerous but might not like the badges because they don't want to look "uncool".... however, I will give the dangerous part a try and I can already envision a "dangerous" poster/board! :)

  11. Great idea to recognize smart thinking! Kids need us to acknowledge when they have those brilliant moments. Thanks for sharing!

    Miss Woodward's Class

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