Sometimes you have a rough group and you want to reward the ones that are on task and engaged. It's hard ~ I hate focusing on the negative so ...I find every possible way under the sun to find the positive. I came up with this idea in the middle of the night and it is working beautifully. Read more about it below:
( if you are limited on space you can have the Fancy Bucket ) Fill it will all new supplies and give them a comfy cushion to sit on that travels around all day .
So...we all love what we do and are very blessed to be in this profession -- however...sometimes we need to add some tricks into our teacher bag ( even after 18 years of teaching ). I have moved my desks around more this year than I have in probably 10 years of teaching...nothing seems to be working. CHATTY bunch that just seems young and needs lots of reminders. So what else can I do?!? Well one night around 3 am LOL like most of us an idea came into my head and I knew I had to try it. I call it the FANCY desk. It has streamers and all new supplies ( markers, colored pencils, new erasers, a comfy pillow to sit on, etc. ) I introduced it and the first day they were so excited -- It worked GREAT!!! They continue to be excited with it and it's been about 3 weeks in now. I just want to update the poster on it with my new cricut and it will be all set. Until then I had to share a photo. I try to pick a child every hour during the day. They all want to sit there so they are motivated throughout the day which is key. They get to sit there, be comfy and use all the new supplies. Then I tell them I'm keeping my eye on them to see who will sit there next...so far so good. Tell me what you think...what are some other ideas that come to you in the middle of the night. :o)