Today I'm linking up with Joanne from Head Over Heels for Teaching for her weekly Spark Student Motivation Saturdays linky party. I'm sharing a fun reading challenge that I do with my class over the winter break to keep their noses between the pages of a book!
I teach at an international school and our winter break is longer than the norm- 3 whole weeks! It's great for R&R, but it can get kids out of the reading habit! I decided last year to have a "Cookies & Cocoa Party" to reward students for reading over the holidays.
I explained to students that they could earn marshmallows for their cocoa, and a cookie (for dunking, of course!) depending on how many books they read. (I know some people don't believe in food related rewards, but I think a once-a-year reward is okay!)
Here's a peak at the form I handed out. I asked my students to have their parents initial the paper to encourage accountability.
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Instant cocoa is not always available here in Bangladesh, so I made some from scratch.
Since my son doesn't like chocolate, I was pretty sympathetic to all my non-chocolate lovers and made some "hot vanilla" as well! With some cinnamon sticks in it, it was DEE-LISH!
Needless to say, the Cookies & Cocoa Party was a huge hit! Students came in after the break talking about how many marshmallows they would get! A picture's worth a thousand words....
|My BTF (Best Teacher Friend), Mary, and one of my HAPPY readers!!!|
How do you keep your students motivated? Be sure to head on over to Joanne's blog to see how other teachers are sparking student motivation!
I'll leave you with a team picture- my Lady Tigers!!
Thanks for stopping by!