Saturday, August 23, 2014

Spark Student Motivation: Share the Light!

I finished my FIRST week of school! My students are awesome, but I forget every year how exhausting that first week is! I think it's because we're still so tired from setting up the week before!

My post today will cover two aspects of motivation (for my students to learn about giving and others to get excited about reading). 
You know I'm ALL ABOUT Flashlight Friday! I've posted it about it here and here!
 Well, I wanted to share the light with some other members of our reading community!
 We walked in and surprised these students! My students showed them how to use their new reading tools!
 This little guy couldn't wait to hang that sign outside his classroom door!
 One of my students leaves for the reading block and I wanted him to experience Flashlight Friday each week too, so we brought it to his class! They couldn't wait to grab a book off the shelf! One boy said, "So we turn off the lights and shine the light on the words?" Then he raced to grab a book and said, "YES!!!!" He whipped that book open so fast! (I kind of felt like Santa Claus!) :)
 I love how excited some students who probably hate reading were just because of a little flashlight!
We spread so much more than light today!

At the end of the day we received this email:
 I'm so glad this teacher and his students liked it so much! Warms my heart!

It's never too early to start community service and doing good deeds! There were so many happy faces today! I hope these faces and lights shine all year while reading!

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. I love, love, love the idea of using flashlights! A trip to the dollar store is in my future!

  2. My students couldn't wait for "Flashlight Friday" to come! I dangled that carrot over their heads all week! It was a success. I'm getting ready to link up. Love you!!


  3. Thank you for inspiring me to start this fun tradition in my class. Once the other fourth grade teachers learned about it, they started doing it as well. I also love the idea of sharing. I will talk to my kindergarten buddy teacher about having a Flashlight Friday together sometime. I am sure my students would love it! Thank you for all of your wonderful ideas. You are such a strong inspiration to my teaching!

    Fit to be Fourth

  4. I so want to do this with my 5th graders. I need to remember to pick up the flashlights the next time I am at the dollar store. I think Flashlight Fridays would be a classroom incentive

    Quinnessential Lessons

  5. The flashlights look like fun! Could definitely be an incentive....hmmmm......



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