Friday, April 15, 2011

H-O-M-E-R-U-N Motivation

Wow! This time of year goes sooo quickly and it seems there is never enough time to do everything!

I recently created a new reward system to help us get through spring time. I can't say this was all my idea {Thanks Mrs. Kerska @ Polk}. The goal is to make it around the bases and earn the letters of H-O-M-E-R-U-N for each time you pass homeplate.

Once students hit the goal of H-O-M-E-R-U-N on their baseball we will do individual awards such as: Sit in the teachers chair, computer time, SAT (student activity time) otuside, etc. If the whole class hits H-O-M-E-R-U-N by the end of the school year, I will bring in toppings for sundays.

As a first year teacher, I have been trying to keep rewards/motivation charts minimal. I realized last year, the moment you start rewarding for one thing, they expect something for everything. Plus, after doing a consensogram with my reading students, I discovered my particular students are most motivated by free time (read time) and free homework passes. I guess I always thought candy was most motivating--apparently not for these students. The last picture is the consensogram. Enjoy!

Baseball reward: It takes effort to score HOMERUNS!!!


Thanks for Reading!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Partner Work in Math {and life}

One thing I have tried to really focus on with my math students is partner work! Our new math series, Trailblazers, focuses a lot on working with partners and groups. Also, my classroom is made up of 17 students, 7 of special needs, so it is very important everyone works together. Our groups are carefully picked and the goal is for students to learn from each other.

Every time a partner activity is in a lesson, we review this poster by all reading it out loud and try to focus on one number (even though they are really working on all)

Thanks for reading!
=) AlwaysSunny

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Check Out Our Class Data Center!

In October, I began my first contracted year of teaching. I serve 39 kiddos throughout the day in grades 3-5 for Reading and Math. My 4th grade reading class consist of 9 students who had Unit test scores bellow grade level in October. Here is our Data Center I created the first week I began teaching 4th grade reading.
 This is posted in the front of the room so my students are constantly reminded of our class goal.
"Go Green" signifies B+ or higher on each weekly/unit test. After our class average is in the green range for 5 weeks, we celebrate with a read/feed or 'smarty party'
Although we our class average was low for the Unit 3 Test, (Weekly tests are mostly listening comprehension but Unit tests are strictly self read comprehension) they have really come back strong with 3 Green weeks! Way to Go!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Great Online Teacher Resource

Found this website today! Great, 'quick,' activities to build reading understanding.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

First Post

Just testing this out. Excited and nervous to start back up after Christmas break.