Saturday, July 19, 2014

Spark Student Motivation-Graduation Packages

Happy Summer Friends! I hope everyone is enjoying their break (if that's what teachers call it!)
I have sent GRADUATION PACKAGES since my first year teaching (well, technically since my 8th year teaching since I had to wait for my 4th graders to graduate), but I thought of it my first year so I started saving up my photos. At the end of each school year, I store all of the photos I took during the school year in a tub, along with the class list and addresses. Then, eight years later I get my tub open and start sorting my pictures. :)
You might be wondering how I know if they still live at the same address... As long as they still live in our county, our sweet school registrar can verify their address for me. Surprisingly, about 80% of the students still live in the area. Then, comes the hard part...I also check to make sure they're "graduating" this year so I don't send them a graduation package if for some reason they're not. Our local paper (it's a big one) prints an entire section of all high school graduates by high school. For some of these "ladies & gentlemen" I have to take a double take-they look so grown up and so different from 4th grade!
 I lay out all my addressed envelopes/letters, sort through all my pictures, and stuff all the goodies in a large envelope to be mailed the week of their graduation.
Here's what one package looks like-I wish I could see their faces when they open it!
This is very MOTIVATING to see the success and great accomplishments of my students!
It brings back great memories for me and I hope does for my students as well. Before I even sent out my graduation packages, I received 7 invites to graduation this year! :) Melts my heart that they still remember their elementary teacher, just another reason I LOVE my job!

PIN TO WIN!!!!
I just bundled my POST-IT PRODUCTS and would love to give one away!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/POST-IT-BUNDLE-Templates-to-Hold-Their-Thinking-1333392
Pin the image, (click see pin), copy the URL address, and paste into the comments. 
Winner will be announced Monday!

If you don't want to wait, it's on sale for this weekend!
It's like getting one of the products for FREE! :)
POST-BUNDLE {Templates to Hold Their Thinking}

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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23 comments:

  1. holy moly! That is some serious dedication!

    I bet they LOVE LOVE LOVE getting that in the mail!!!

    YOU ARE AWESOME!!!

    Elizabeth
    Hodges Herald

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  2. You are by far the sweetest teacher on the face of this planet. Do you hear me? What a fabulous idea. I need to do this for sure. I pinned it to win it! <3 XOXO
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/215398794652784025/
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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  3. Oh my goodness that is so sweet of you!!! No wonder you get so many invitations...you obviously are the bomb!!

    Rachel
    A Tall Drink of Water

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  5. You do such awesome stuff for your students...when I grow up I want to be you! LOL....I pinned it, FB'd it twice and sent it out via Twitter...even if I don't win...someone I know hopefully will. Thanks for everything as always you amaze me!
    Sidney

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  6. LOVE your grad packages!!! : o ) I'd also LOVE this Reading with Post-its pack!! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/85498092901215910/
    Thanks for the chance to win!!!
    Erin

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  7. The graduation package is a sweet idea! I'm sure your students are appreciative! I would love to win the Reading with Post-Its pack! Here's the pin. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/9781324166077962/

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  8. Your grad package is amazing and so it your bundle! Thanks for this opportunity. Here is the pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/319966748499889128/

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  9. I love your idea of sending memories at your students' graduation. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/93590498481169731/ kmhteacher@yahoo.com

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  10. Awesome!
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/110690103316404462/
    jjn2home@yahoo.com

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  11. What a wonderful idea...I'll bet your students are thrilled to receive your package!

    Pinned your bundle here: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/442126888391774238/

    tokyoshoes at hotmail dot com

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  12. You are so dang sweet! That takes some serious organization!

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  13. Would love to use these products in my classroom! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/245305510928537278/

    Thanks,
    Kim
    khenry22@aol.com

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  14. Thanks for the great giveaway! I would love to use this in my classroom!
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/89720217551609147/

    Thanks!
    Elisa
    elisakoranda@aol.com

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  15. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/276338127110991452/
    This is fun!

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  16. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/42784265185471374/

    I LOVE this! It is so interactive! How out of the box because I haven't' seen anything like your post it products!

    Amber
    PeppyZestyTeacherista

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  17. Your students must feel so honored to have a blast from the past show up in their mailbox - that's truly inspiring and it sounds like you have warmed many hearts through this tradition of yours. Kudos.

    Love your post-it bundle so I've pinned it here:
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/152137293637529570/

    Antonia @ forkin4th

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  18. What a great way to celebrate them! I know their parents cherish it now, but students will even more years later. I love it! I've pinned it here: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/254805291392499709/

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  19. Amazing! I do something similar, but it is at the end of the year they are with me-- they get their packet when they leave my room. This has so much more impact! It is really special.
    Caitlin
    TheRoomMom

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  20. Wow! What an amazing gift for your former students to receive.

    Love using post-its! I've pinned it here - http://www.pinterest.com/pin/440508407275729805/

    Kim
    Quinnessential Lessons

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  21. I am sure your former students are absolutely thrilled to receive a graduation package from you! That is awesome!

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/253468285252811450/

    Mary
    Fit to be Fourth

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  22. Fabulous-ness!!! I love the graduation package idea, but I don't think I'm organized enough to keep track of the pictures and addresses for that length of time!! :) What would help me be organized now though is that awesome Post-it Bundle!! Hopefully I've pinned it to win it!!!!!!
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/304767099757086798/

    Thanks!
    ~ Veronica Montoya @wheninspirationstrikeslc.blogspot.com
    nmsunsetangel@gmail.com

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  23. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/194288171399754835/ Love the Post-It Bundle!!!

    Stephanie
    stephb_2001@hotmail.com

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