I'm linking up with Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching for her Spark Student Motivation Saturday series with a couple of ideas.
Well, I've been thinking pretty hard on this one, and this week, I decided to take a family tradition with me to school. It's the "Family Meeting".
So, we walked down the hall a bit, and met in a vacant room (for a change of scenery, as well as some "neutral" ground). Everyone was able to tell how they were feeling, what was going well and what wasn't, and if anything was bothering him or her. At first, it was a little hard to get everyone to open up, but once one did, they all did, and we had a great discussion about feelings, how we treat others, that uncomfortable feeling of not knowing how to do something (which I explained is called learning, and is why we go to school), and adding some rules to our class set.
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After our meeting, things seemed better, and I could easily refer to our discussion when friends began to fuss at each other. I think after a couple of meetings, we'll learn to understand each other better, love each other for who we each are, and be kinder, more considerate in general. Okay, maybe we still need fall break, but between Christmas and Presidents' Day is just a way longer time!
I was also asked to review a new computer program this week, and will share that with you very soon. I hope it will be motivational for two students in my class who are quite talented in mathematics. They'll be able to use the program at a self-paced rate, and it seems that it pre-tests them, finds their weaknesses, and creates lessons based on those target areas. I know technology is always motivational to kids, so I'm excited to see just how this will work.
Well, it's technically not Saturday anymore, so I'm off to bed - teaching Sunday School in the morning, and I need some r-e-s-t!