Saturday, June 7, 2014

Spark Student Motivation: Dunking Booth

It's S-U-M-M-E-R!!!
The end of the year is bitter sweet isn't it? We're so happy to take a break for summer, sad to see our current class move on. The last day is just filled with emotions!
Our school had a goal to increase our Reading Counts Points...if we earned 50,000 Reading Counts Points we would get a dunking booth. (And, we made it!!)
The top 10 readers able to choose ANYONE they wanted to dunk! Now the good news is that 5 of the 10 top readers in the school were in my class, the bad news is I knew SOMEONE would pick to dunk me! And, guess who it was? The pitcher of a baseball team...of course, right??!! I'm just lucky like that!
His mom and I are best friends so he sent me texts taunting me the night before!
Nice, right?? I think we made each other nervous!
Well, I decided if I was going to be dunked, I wanted to go I wanted to be dunked in style! I made a sash that read "Dunkin' Diva", wore a tiara, and a big sparkly tutu!
 Of course, if you're going to dress up like that, you have to make a grand entrance! LOL! One of my other students escorted me to the dunking booth. I tried to get the crowd on my side, but they wanted all the teachers to get wet! I had them chanting and cheering!
Here he baseball player!
 See how he's holding the ball? Yep, a real pitcher! Yikes! And, do you see all those kids watching?? I was super nervous!

I was dancing and screaming up on that seat! The bad thing about this booth is that the target was in the front so you didn't know when you were going down!
 Actually, it was so hot, it felt refreshing to get wet!
Of course, my baseball player and I made up after I got out..I gave him a big, wet hug!
(See the photo bomber in the back!)
Also, that big tutu held a lot of when I got out, I shook my hips back and forth to get all those kids who wanted me dunked all wet! LOL!

School wide incentives are very motivating to EVERYONE! Even the students who didn't get to dunk a teacher loved participating! I know next year we'll have even more readers!

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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  1. That looks like so much fun! Way to make lemonade out of those lemons. I am now off for summer so to spark motivation for students, the teacher is taking a break to re-charge!

  2. Looks like fun!! You were such a good sport! :)

    My Carolina Classroom

  3. How fun is this? I'm sure your baseball player loved every moment of dunking you!
    A Tall Drink of Water

  4. You are a brave woman! I love it!! One more reason why I love you! xoxo
    I'll be back next week to link up with some fun games we played at the end of the year! ;-)

  5. Absolutely fantastic! I definitely think you will be a coveted target next year and there will be lots of reading in your room! Loved your tutu!

  6. So fun! I think this is a great motivator for the students, and you handled it perfectly. I love the outfit!

    Fit to be Fourth

  7. What a great way to end your year! That comment about not wearing make up was hilarious. I loved your grand entrance too! We have to feel the love whenever we can. :) Happy Summer!!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  8. Oh my goodness! SO FUN! I am loving your Dunkin' Diva outfit. I am shocked you weren't wearing high heels in there!!! I need to remember this for next year. This would be a really great incentive for any school! xox
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  9. This is AWESOME! You are amazing!! I love, love the tutu! XXOO
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  10. We always had a dunking booth when I taught elementary, I bet middle school kids would jump at the chance to dunk their teachers!
    Putting this on my to do list for next year.

    Hodges Herald


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