Saturday, September 21, 2013

Spark Student Motivation with a FREEBIE

I'm linking up with Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching for her Spark Student Motivation Saturdays!

Okay, you're not going to believe how easy this was, but it's true!  First, let me explain, I have only 12 second graders (who are the sweetest!) this year.

I've moved to a new little room (which I adore!).

My kiddos are a little behind in reading and math, and that's all I teach this year, integrating science and social studies along the LLI path. Trouble is was, I have ZERO student laptops, i Pads, or any other tech-friendly devices other than our Polyvision board.
That's okay, but I've been a little worried about meeting our technology standards for students.  No More!!!

The Media Specialist and I have worked out a deal.  Even though she teaches classes all day, she is allowing my babies to come in, four at a time, to use the computers there to take Accelerated Reading tests, as long as they can do it completely independently. KABAM!

I taught them all how to log in on the Polyvision board, gave them each an index card with their Username, Password, Lexile Levels, and Guided Reading Levels written on them.


Independent Reading went from, "ugh!" to, "I've read my book twice! Can I please go to the library to take an A/R Test?"  Huh?  I've never had kids so super incredibly motivated to take A/R tests, or to actually stay engaged in independent reading, on their level, for the entire time that is their station! This happened in ONE DAY:
I've had kids in my classes who have never taken one A/R test all year before!  I'm thinking I'll un-request computers for my room for a while!  Now I can finally hand up my cutey-patootey A/R goal banner!  To help me celebrate my students' motivation, you can grab one for free for 24 hours!  Just click the picture.

And, people, I just need three more followers for this:


Hugs,
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37 comments:

  1. That's awesome that your kids have an opportunity to take A.R. tests in the library and that they grasped the concept in ONE day! That's great news!!!!!
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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    1. Thanks, Alison! They're smart cookies, and being super-motivated will get them on grade level so fast...I can't wait!
      Brooke

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  2. They're a smart little bunch, and I'm so excited for them to be excited about reading. All they need is practice, practice, practice!
    Brooke

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  3. Your new room is absolutely stunning!! I love all the bright colors and how homey it looks. I really like AR (I know it is controversial) but I have had great success with it. Good for you and your kiddos!!
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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    1. Aw! Thanks, Holly! I think A/R is a little superficial in its depth of knowledge questioning, but, baby whatever gets them reading works for me!
      Brooke

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  4. Your room is gorgeous! And I think it's wonderful that you've been selected to move those 12 babies in a small group setting! You're room looks so inviting and how exciting to motivate your kids to read so quickly! Hooray! Thanks for sharing and linking up! Hope to see you again next week and now I'm following you!
    Joanne
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

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    1. You're so sweet! I like my little room, and I was pretty surprised to be the one who was chosen to help these babies, but I'm so happy I was! They are easily frustrated, but there are few enough that I can be right there when they need me...I love it!
      Brooke

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  5. Great post! Thanks so much for sharing... Wow--12 students! Nice class size.

    Smiles,
    Sarah

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    1. Yep, 12 is good! It is super rewarding to be able to work with them so closely, and really individualize, meeting their needs one-on-one.
      Brooke

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Brooke