Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tried It Tuesday {STAAR Motivation}

With the STAAR test (state standardized test) less than 2 weeks away, I am having to dig a little deeper to motivate my 8th graders.  I was wracking my brain over Spring Break last week to think of a motivational tool and then I remembered my STAAR students incentive that I used several years ago with my 5th graders.  When I went to find the file, I knew it needed to be updated.  No cute fonts anywhere in sight, which is just unacceptable for me nowadays. It took a whole whopping 10 minutes for me to fix it up and I am happy with the end product.

Basically the students can earn STAAR student tickets in 2 ways:
  1. By making good grades on any review work.- You would be amazed by how much harder they work when there is some kind of a reward. (And yes it works for 8th graders!)  I have had 90s & 100s from some of my lowest students the last few days.  (Think about it... they are rewarded if they pass their STAAR test by not having to take it again or attend summer school, so I am just trying to get them to push through until its over.)
  2. Participating in review activities. - I love when the students lead the instruction instead of me. They have an insight into the lessons and topics that are priceless.  This seems to be an incentive to those who are usually quiet.

What do I do with the tickets?
  • At the end of each period, students put their tickets into their period's fancy labeled brown paper bag.
  • I also staple them to any graded review work.
  • At any given time, I can draw names for prizes.  Now, this doesn't have to cost you money... You could you passes you print up, whether they be 5 extra points on a daily grade or a late homework pass.  I will also let them pick from candy or ice cream from our cafeteria.
  • I gage when I pick on how effective the tickets are.  If I can tell that students are starting to get over it, I will pull a ticket and viola they are back in the game.

These STAAR student motivation tickets are a freebie in my store.  Head over and check them out!
(I need to update the file in the AM-3/18 because I left my flash drive at school.  There will also be a STAR student added for those non-Texas Peeps)

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sunday Scoop {3.15.15}

I joining in with the ladies over at Teaching Trio for the Sunday Scoop.  I have a LONG list of things I need to do, but I'd rather procrastinate and blog about them.  Its not like I've had an entire week off for spring break to get things done, right?

Head on over and join me in my procrastination... :)