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9 days!?! Spark Student Motivation

Phew! Only NINE....yes, NINE days left! Friends, I'm telling you, I already have a case of summer brain! And my kiddos are even worse! haha! I'm pulling out all the stops to keep those little sweeties motivated!

Last week, I decided I was going to do something a little different each day from now until the end of the year. Some of the ideas worked a little better than others. Here's what I've done....

  1. I had a traveling prize that I moved from desk to desk of kiddos who were doing a great job being
    responsible and respectful. This worked really great....but I had so many with awesome behavior that I wished I had more to go around.
  2. I brought in a couple packs of Kool-Aid Kool Bursts. I explained to the class that I would place one on the desks of kiddos who were being exceptionally responsible and respectful. BUT...they could lose it, too. If they still had one on their desks at Math time (which is at the end of the day), they could sip while they did their math. WOW! Did this ever do the trick! I am picking up some more of these babies this weekend!
  3. Lunch Bunch- This usually does the trick. I "invite" (put their names on the board) kiddos who are doing really well to eat lunch in the classroom. Those periodic reminders of, "I'm looking for a few more people to invite to lunch bunch" really make them snap to attention.
So-- my plan of action for the remaining NINE days is to alternate between these (and a couple others I have up my sleeve), & some of the terrific ideas I've been reading over on Head Over Heels for Teaching's Spark Student Motivation Saturday Linky. Stop over and check out all the ideas that have been linked up! Or better yet, link up your own motivation tricks! I love to add more tricks to the bag!

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  1. Love the motivation ideas! Hope they work for your last 9 days :) We're coming down to the wire, too and trying to keep good behavior going!!


  2. So excited you found my linky Brenda! I'm excited to be following your adorable blog now! I love the Koolaid idea-so clever! Definitely using this next week! We have 11 days left! Thanks for sharing and linking up!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  3. These are some really great examples of how to motivate kids in the classroom! My mom was a middle school teacher, so I know tactics like these often worked for her, even with an older age group. I recently read an interesting thought-piece on motivation by Barry LaBov; he talks about the effects of positive vs. negative motivation, which can be directly applied to the kool aid/threat of losing the kool aid you mentioned here. It sounds like you're doing a great job keeping everybody on their toes! Thanks for sharing