Tuesday, May 5, 2015

What Works: Teacher Appreciation Day 2!

Welcome to Day 2 of Teacher Appreciation Week!  If you missed out yesterday, you can check out some great teaching secrets for your classroom HERE.   Also, you don't want to miss out on the two giveaways we are hosting this week.  If you didn't enter yesterday, you can do so now.  Make sure you enter for both prize bundles so you have double the change to win!

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Teacher Appreciation: What Works GIVEAWAY

I am so excited to celebrate TEACHERS and all of their{our} hard work this week. Many teachers do not hear it enough... THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO! Without you, many things would not be possible. I hope you you all know how appreciated you are!

With that said, I have linked up with a few of my bloggy friends Lisa and Marissa for an AMAZING  Teacher Appreciation GIVEAWAY! We are also sharing a few classroom secrets that work for us in our classrooms! Hop around and you may find some that will work in your classroom! :-)
I don't know about you but my class is super chatty this year!!! AND now that it is spring they are more chatty than usual. A teacher friend of mine had this great idea to give her students each a ticket to hold onto all day long. Each morning tickets would be passed out and each afternoon they would be collected. At the end of the day if they kiddos still had their ticket, their name was placed on the list for "Marvelous Movie Monday!" Tickets can be taken if students are talking when they aren't supposed to be. If a kiddo lost the ticket, they do not get another one. At the end of the week the students who had kept their ticket each day and never lost it, got to participate in watching a movie for 15-20 minutes on Monday.

I loved this idea so much that I decided to try it with my class! Instead of a movie on Monday, I offer my incentive on Tuesday. Students have a chance to earn iPad time. They can get on any educational app or game for 15-20 minutes on Tuesday afternoon. I call this "Techy Tuesday!" So far the kids are LOVING it! The students who do not get to participate work on spelling or math fact practice.{And boy do they remind me if I forget to pass their tickets out first thing in the morning.}

You can snag a copy of my "Techy Tuesday" Tickets HERE!
For the past 5 years I have done the same thing for spelling homework--three times each, sentences, and ABC order. This can get B O R I N G; both for the teacher and the student! So, last year I had the idea to create a spelling calendar/choice board where students could pick 3 different activities to complete each week. Each month I gave them a new paper with 9 different choices like phone spelling, Scrabble spelling, techy words, story time, etc. THEY LOVED IT!! I had more students doing their homework AND they were more successful on their tests!!
Giving students the freedom to pick what homework they do really had a positive effect on my classroom. Due to my computer crashing last summer I had to create new boards because I lost the file! I was so sad! So over the course of this year I have retyped them and will have them in my TpT shop soon so be on the look out if you think this is something your students would be successful with!

Now lets get to the REALLY fun-exciting-AMAZING GIVEAWAY!! Did I mention how AMAZING it is!?!?!? Below you will have TWO chances to win many goodies so scroll on down to learn what you could WIN! Remember that the more entries you have on the Rafflecopter, the more chances you will have win!!! GOOD LUCK friends!!!

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You won't want to miss out on all the other great secrets being shared by successful teachers!  Be sure to check out all the other great posts below.