Saturday, October 4, 2014

Spark Student Motivation: Student Medals

Happy Saturday Friends!
I have another simple idea for you!
 I posted about these medals before, but I wanted to share an idea that I shared with another teacher who wanted to use the medal idea too.
I bought my medals at Target a few years ago, but I found some on Amazon here if you're interested. 
You customize the circles the same size as the medal and insert them in the plastic case. I changed my ribbons last year from the red, white, and blue stripe to the black with white stitching (my favorite ribbon for everything!).
I told my students to try their best on their big math test and anyone who scored an A, B, or C could wear the medal for the day. This little incentive excited my students!

**( you see the newest addition to our classroom? Yes, that high heel chair behind that proud student!! Isn't it fabulous?! One of my students gave it to me!)
They couldn't wait to wear them to lunch to show off!
Good class did very well on their math test!!!
What could've been bad news...two students scored a D. I couldn't have 19 students wear a medal and leave two out, so I had a private conversation with those two students. I told them their score.
Me: Did you try your VERY best?
Student: YES, Mrs. Miller, I did. I promise.
Me: Ok, then I think you should wear a medal too! As long as you tried your hardest! {Insert big smile from student!}
Sometimes we have to make exceptions. I do know those two tried their hardest, but they struggle in math, and really, a D is still great for all the concepts tested on that math test! I want my students to feel proud of all their accomplishments. I know these medals will motivate them for next test too!

If you don't want to purchase the plastic medals, you can make your own medals on cardstock and laminate them. Tie a decorative piece of ribbon on them and they'll be perfect!

You could use them for attendance, homework, cooperation, teacher helper, lots of possibilities!
Simple idea that can be used all year! :)

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. This is absolutely adorable! I LOVE how you thought of personalizing the medals and what a great way for school/home communication. I am going to make some for "Ask me how I did on my Spelling Test?" and "Ask me to name the 50 states!" And OMG, that chair!?? How perfect is it for you!? We must see a picture of you sitting in it!! Always learning from you Joanne! :)

    Pinkadots Elementary

  2. I love that you gave everyone in your class a necklace to wear!!!! I think that is perfect! We have to "build them up" and not "break them down"
    Thanks for the great idea,

  3. This is a great idea, Joanne! Instead of the medals, I might try that as stickers so the kids can wear them home. Thanks for the idea!!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  4. Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea! I completely agree that we have to make exceptions to our rules, especially when we know the students tried their best!

    Fit to be Fourth

  5. I absolutely love the "I made my teacher proud today!" I would have treasured one of those as a child.

    I Have 2 Questions

  6. Middle school is tricky - they want to be recognized, but only if everyone else thinks it's cool. I'll be surveying my class Monday to find out what's "cool". :) I'll let you know what I find out next Saturday!

    <a href=">Mrs. Spangler in the Middle</a>

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