Thursday, October 18, 2012

MMSS Blog (Part 2)

This is the second installment of my new motivational techniques that I am trying this year.  I have already covered the personal conferencing in my last post, however, I thought I would share something that the kids came up with. When I call them up to meet with me they say " Oh No, it must be "Book Therapy" time!" It cracks me up every time they say it. I wish I had thought of it. LOL Anyway.

Motivation #4: The Wall of Fame. When my students finish reading a book and have done a letter to me about the novel, I give them a simple star. They place the star on the "Wall of Fame." Believe it or not, I have about 15 stars already. The kids (8th Graders) ask for the stars, want to put them up on the wall and let me know when I forget to give it to them. It amazes me that these students are so into this. At first, I thought that this would flop with middle school students, they are definitely motivated.Sometimes, I love being wrong!

Motivation #5:Calls home. I am making a point to call home with positive comment to parents. Parents hear so much negative. I want my students to know that  calls can be positive to their parents as well. Praise, praise, praise!

Motivation #6: I began using Whole Brain Teaching techniques this year. One of the techniques is called Scoreboard. Students earn point toward playing a game. I tally the points for following directions, working quietly and  sharing excellent answers. Then on Friday (if they have enough) we play Basketball Trivia. Which is a game, I semi-created. The link to my free directions will be posted at the bottom of this post. During the week I keep a log of questions about the information they have learned throughout the week.
Free Directions to Basketball Trivia


What things have you tried this year to motivate your students? Were they sucessful or a complete flop?


  1. I have just started following your blog and am glad I found it. We seem to be doing some similar things right now. I teach 6th grade and plan to implement The Book Whisperer ideas next week. I just finished reading it and she changed my outlook on the teaching of reading. It all just makes so much sense. I plan to start reading response letters and a 20 book goal (since I am starting it in 2nd quarter). I have also setup a class wiki for students to write and respond about their books on. My goal this year is to spend more time on conferring with my students as well. This is something I need to work on. I look forward to seeing how things go for you.

    1. Justin,
      Thanks for following me. Please feel free to let me know how you are doing as well. You may want to Friend the author of Book Whisperer on Good Reads it is nice to see the books that she is reading and her take on them. Thanks, Deane