Monday, June 18, 2012
Super Size It!
It is a great motivational tool to get get excited about learning, behaving, and helps encourage responsibility. Will it fix every problem? NO! Can it be used all year long? Maybe. That would depend on how often you let students earn a chance to earn a draw card.
I LOVE how it looks on my bulletin board (See Below). I did modify it a little when I made it available on TpT. I wasn't sure how teacher's would want to post the goal students were working towards. You can see from my picture that I had it set up where the students select 5 smaller prizes to win, and several Mystery Motivators. A mystery motivator is a bigger prize- Movie, Pizza Party, etc. The way I play the game is to randomly select a mystery motivator and put it in the envelope. I usually don't even look at it. That way it is a true surprise. Then, when the class earns a BINGO, I have the number of the day roll a dice. The number they roll is the prize they earn. That way, I don't often give away BIG prizes.
Some of the ideas my class has had for the smaller prizes to win include:
-10 minutes of extra recess
- math game day (no lesson)
- Gum Day
- 30 minutes of free choice time
- Free choice PE day
- No Homework for the night
- Extra Credit points for the class
- Skip an Assignment
Some of the Mystery Motivator prizes include:
- Pizza party
- Movie in Class
- Free computers time (no assignments)
- Major art project (something that we wouldn't normally do)
I truly feel, that when used correctly, and not as a bribe (there is a fine line), that the Super Size BINGO is really a great way to encourage and motivate students.
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