Saturday, April 5, 2014

Saturday Motivation- After School School

We are two weeks from our state test. It is crunch time! 

Each year we hold after school or Saturday camps for extra tutoring before the test. We call it STAAR CAMP. (the Texas state test is called STAAR, State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness)

This year we are having two after school sessions, almost two hours each. Students will attend two hours after their regular school day. 3:45-5:30. That's a LONG day, for all of us

The big push is to get them here
We have to motivate them to actually attend

We give them personal invitations: 

The day of the camp, we feed them. They WILL come for food. 

Second, we offer another food reward! 

Third, I offer an independent award. 

My students get to choose from four rewards. 

As a twist, I am making it a random pick from a bag! 
I am making chips for them to choose from. 

I am also trying to increase their interest in the camp. 
So, on Monday, I started with a countdown. I didn't say anything about it. 
Several students asked what it was. 

The next day, I added the name and more students asked what is STAAR CAMP? 

This led to the discussion and they learned about the rewards., They seemed interested. 

The countdown will continue through next week. 

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  1. I teach in Texas also (4th grade), and I LOVE this way of motivating students to come for extra STAAR practice! With all of those incentives, I bet you get a great turnout. Your students are lucky to have a teacher so dedicated to motivating them!

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  2. The invites are very enticing and I bet drummed up a lot of "business" to your after school school! Food incentives are great for students (and teachers). Our principal uses food for teachers all the time! LOL! I like your choice of reward too! Lots of bonuses, plus they'll be more prepared for the test! Win-win for your students!
    Thanks for sharing and linking up!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  3. Beautiful invites and incentives! If fruit snacks work with my kudos, I can't imagine the response I would get if I prettied up the invites and offered ice cream! Great idea, I am filing it away for next year - I am so on "next year" mode.