Saturday, March 1, 2014

Spark Student Motivation: ADISHSPONGE

Happy Saturday-it's going to be a sunny one in Florida!
I'm so excited to be attending a Florida Blogger Meet Up today! Can't wait to meet new friends!
Last week I blogged about my former students encouraging my current students by creating a wall of tips and cards for their big state writing test they took on Tuesday.
My students wrote, "Don't forget to use a DISHSPONGE" on their cards and on the wall, so, of course,  MANY readers wanted to know about "ADISHPONGE" and what it meant.
Mystery revealed...
I needed an acronym that would make memorizing these skills easy for my students. Clever right? It originally started as just DISHSPONGE, the A and the 3 were added three years ago by another class!
After teaching the above creativity skills, I give each of my students a sponge to put on their desks to remind them to use these skills in their writing.
They love whipping out their sponges during writing!
We practice memorizing the acronym on our desks. 
They love it! 

This is probably one of the BEST ideas I use to teach writing, it motivates them and gets them excited! That little sponge is used more than a notebook full of handouts & resources!

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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!
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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!
***Please include the topic in the link up with your blog name.


  1. This is brilliant, Joanne! I love how you put a little sponge on everyone's desk as a reminder. I'm definitely borrowing this idea!

    I hope you have a great time with your Florida blogger meet up! Can't wait to hear about it. Enjoy your sunny day in Florida. We are expecting 6" of snow here today in Wisconsin. Grrrr.....

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  2. I love this! What is the magic of 3?

  3. Awesome idea! I still have serious desk envy!

  4. I love the acronym, especially having the students write it on their desks.

    Thank you!
    Fit to be Fourth

  5. Wow! This is a fantastic idea. I MUST use this with my fourth graders. VERY creative. Now it is stuck in their minds...not in a journal! YAY!
    Come Visit Readbox!

  6. I LOVE THIS! Please, please, please don't let me forget about this! How did I not know you were going to a Florida blogger meet-up???
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  7. what a cute idea! You make me wish I taught all subjects, well... sometimes.... LOL

    Hodges Herald

  8. I'm so glad you shared what the DISHSPONGE was! I love how you give the students a little dish sponge too! You always have the best motivators. :) Can't wait to hear about the blogger meet up!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  9. LOOOOOOOOOOOVE a dishsponge!! You are the best!

  10. I love that you have your kids write on their desks. I have tables that have a bit of texture to them so we can't write on them. I love the tables, but whenever I see stuff like this I have desk envy! :)

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