Surviving Spring to Welcome Summer Blog Hop {Freebie}


Countdowns have begun, spring weather is in full-swing (hopefully), testing is over (again, hopefully), and students are mentally checked out. Several of my BBBs have come together to bring you some tips to get you through the rest of the year and also giving you a chance to win a gift certificate to TpT and a sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies!


I've done the whole "secret person" thing for about fourteen years, but usually just during April or May when I'm desperate. It was highly motivational because I would take the student and a friend out to lunch at Subway, Wendy's, whatever was close to the school. It was expensive, yes, but totally worth it. This classroom management strategy seems to be more common now, but in case you aren't familiar with it, I drew a stick every morning and kept it a secret. Throughout the day I'd say things like "I'm looking to see if my person of the day is on task" as I scan the room. Of course, they try to figure out who I'm looking at, but I'm very good at not making is obvious :) And then at the end of the day I'd say who it was if they made it, or say that the person didn't make it and not reveal the person.

Well, now that I'm at the middle school, I don't have my kids all day and we only have a half-hour lunch. So instead of trying to secretly communicate to each of their teachers who the secret person is that day, I decided to do this by period. Instant gratification. So each period, I draw a stick and a back-up for the class that is currently in my room. If at the end of the period if the secret person has behaved appropriately, he or she gets to choose one item off of my prize line.


My prize line contains school supplies, coupons, candy, and other little random things that I've collected over the years. I decided to string the line at the front of the room where I do my whole-class teaching so that the prizes are constantly in their line of sight. If the first person didn't make it, then I determine if the back-up made it. Of course, I don't reveal who it was if they don't make it. So far it's been working very well. Some of the most coveted prizes are trade desks for a day/period, use a special chair, and first in line for lunch.

If you would like to pick up some coupons, click on the picture below.


I also want to remind you about using brain breaks to help you keep your students focused and ready to learn during the last few weeks of school.


I know that my students really appreciated these brain breaks. They would also be great options during spring when you need to have an indoor recess because it's raining. And GoNoodle is 100% free. Click {here} to go sign up for a free account. There is a Common Core-aligned upgrade, but the free version does offer so much!

After entering my secret code in the Rafflecopter below, click to continue the hop to {Amelia}!

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6 comments

  1. We played with GoNoodle a little bit this week! The kids love it!!
    jivey

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  2. You know I LOVE that clothesline idea! Such a great visual for your students! Thanks for linking up BBB!
    Joanne
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

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  3. I will have to try that GoNoodle. My treat box is pretty empty, but I will have to make a trip to the dollar store and start up on the prizes to keep them motivated.

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  4. Love the clothes line idea! I could have a daily drawing/winner! I started using GoNoodle a couple of weeks ago thanks to you and Nick for blogging about it. My students and I are addicted!

    Susan
    PassioninPortableland

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  5. You convinced me to sign up for a GoNoodle account. I am hoping it will help my middle school students after lunch!

    Thanks and Cheers,
    Jameson
    Lessons With Coffee

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  6. The clothes line is a fantastic idea for these last few crazy weeks. THANKS! And I signed up for GoNoodle this morning. Nifty looking site.

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