Saturday, January 10, 2015

Spark Student Motivation: Warm Up Your Students!

I know everyone is freezing this week, no matter where you live...even in Florida! Brrrr!

On really cold days I like to treat my students to a hot treat! Nobody wants to get out of bed when it's cold, so I like to motivate my students to get out of bed by serving hot cocoa! We only have 2-3 REALLY cold days, which makes it a special treat. All you need are the following materials: canister of hot cocoa or individual packets, cups, and lids (optional). I like to use the lids to prevent spills. I bought my cups and lids at Sam's Club several years ago (they come in packages of 1,000!!). It's a little investment up front, but they will last forever (you could also split it up among your team members if they wanted to participate)! My own children love hot chocolate too and I treat the neighborhood kids on cold nights, so it's been worth it. 

The fastest and easiest way to heat hot water is a hot pot. It heats water super quick! Bed, Bath & Beyond has a Proctor Silex Hot Pot for $14.99 and then you can use your $5 coupon! $10-such a bargain for instant hot water! Great for science experiments too!

 I recruit some of my former students on cold mornings to help me with the assembly line. I never let them touch the hot pot, but they love putting the lids on and passing out the hot chocolate. Everyone has their hot chocolate before the bell even rings!
*I also make hot chocolate for several of the staff that has outside morning duty in the freezing cold. It's an appreciated hot treat!

 And, lastly, you will need to create a cozy warm environment by turning on the crackling fire! :)
I have a "Fire" DVD that I play in the morning when they come in (I think they pretend to be amazed by my fire to humor me!). I know you're upset that you missed that awesome find at Walgreen's when they had the DVDs on sale for $2! It's ok, they have dozens of fire videos on YouTube. Click here.

 I hope you had a great week back, unless you had several cold days and are still enjoying your break. On your next cold day turn on the fire and have a hot treat!
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  1. My students always love hot chocolate at school!! I use my crock pot to keep the water warm - but not too hot : ) I love that they get it on their way in to class - I always try to tie mine in to a learning activity so I can justify it to the principal. Have a great weekend : )

  2. I love all of this. All of it. I don't think I need 1000 cups and lids, but I think I will try the rest! I know your students really love you! You're so sweet to them! I haven't done hot cocoa yet because it has been such a mess for me in the past. I've never heard of a hot pot. Perfect!!

  3. This is such a sweet treat, Joanne! Of course you make it for the neighborhood kids sometimes too!! You're the best! :) I had to chuckle thinking about how often we could use a warm up in New York this time of year. Haha! It's all relative. I guess I would save it for those days below 0 degrees! :) XXOO

  4. I agree that it's cold here in FL - I've been wearing 3 and 4 layers the past few days and I am still cold! Definitely want some cocoa now! :)

    Mrs. Spangler in the Middle


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