Saturday, November 22, 2014

Spark Student Motivation: Caught Being Great!

Time to Spark some Student Motivation!
I made little note cards (4x6 photos) to give to my students when I "catch" them doing something out of the ordinary or extra for our class or classmates. I also made photos for recognizing great work or accomplishments in our class! (Of course, I had to make one that reads, "I SPARKLED today!," since I love all things that sparkle! :) 

 This young lady was so sweet and rushed to get another student's timed test ready since he wasn't back from another class yet and we were getting ready to start math. I love when students do things without prompting for the sake of each other! I see my class family growing stronger every day: caring about each other, helping each other, encouraging each other, and supporting each other.
 See how sparkly she is? She graduated from her multiplication facts! She worked so hard by studying every night! Her group members would quiz her each day before the timed test too! :)
 This young man has been a reading machine! He made it to the 100 point club, updating me every few points to make sure I was ready for his milestone! :) He was so excited when he made it that he wanted me to take a picture of the computer screen to send to his mother!

My students love these photos and it makes a great keepsake for their memory box or their refrigerator! I just had to explain that I have to recognize their great efforts and they're not given out for every single good deed. I don't want students to "expect" a reward or prize for everything they do, but I do like to celebrate achievements in my classroom, sometimes when they least expect it.

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  1. I love these note cards, and I am sure the students love earning them! Thank you for sharing this!

    Fit to be Fourth

  2. Hi Joanne, Just found your linky and joined in the party! Thanks! KathleenKidpeople Classroom

  3. These are a fabulous way to instill motivation!! I love how your students look out for each other; so important!! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. I love the idea of "caught being great"! I am working on something like this with a Super Improver Wall when we get back from Thanksgiving break. :)

    Mrs. Spangler in the Middle

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