Saturday, July 22, 2017

Oh yeah ... in my classroom WE always have our hustle on.  We are all about giving it 100% .... alllllll day errrrrrday!  So in life, people are rewarded for that hustle, a job well done and achieving THAT goal. You feel proud when you are actively working hard towards a goal.  In my class, I use a few ways to acknowledge student success to build self esteem and work ethic.


I love glow sticks!  I always have, since I was little.  This school year I made a bunch of glow stick tags to hand out to celebrate successes.

My kids LOVED receiving these at random times throughout the year.  You never know when you were going to get a "glowing" reward for doing a super job!  You can check out the glow stick tags here.  These are super easy and an inexpensive way to celebrate a success!

Also, with my glow stick craze, I asked my students what they wanted to earn if we filled our compliment jar.  The compliment jar consisted of puff balls and a container from Dollar Tree.  As a class, we were looking for compliments from other teachers and staff in our school.  We did not tell anyone, but we worked hard all around the school being on our best behavior to receive a compliment.

I offered a couple of class rewards, like extra recess or a neon math party.   We voted and the neon math party...WON!  What is a neon math party?  A neon math party consists of turning the lights off, pulling the shades down, glow necklaces and bracelets, neon pencils, neon paper with math, and music.  What I did NOT know... was that this was going to be one of the HIGHLIGHTS of the school year!  My students worked the ENTIRE time on math having such a good time.  :):):)

I totally was expecting them to choose extra recess, but this neon math party...was outstanding.  Kids love glow sticks and you can make some fun puns (I love a cheesy saying)!  

So glow sticks are one way that I reward and motivate my students.  Check back soon for another way I reward and motivate my students.