Assign parents "top secret" homework the week before TEST. Their homework is to secretly send in a letter of encouragement to be given to their child before they start! Great idea! Have other teachers in the building write to students that you don't receive notes from their parents. Love this
Quiet critters-when you decide it is important for students to be quiet pass out quiet critters- take them away from students who talk. At the end of the activity anyone who still has a quiet critter gets a prize, point, whatever you use. Brilliant!
A great anchor chart to encourage students to add onto each other's discussion points and get each other to explain viewpoints further.
Teachers make motivational video, CHECK IT OUT... The other day I got together with my fellow elementary teachers to film a funny video to help motivate our students to take the TCAP assessment test. The video took off and went viral which caused our school’s website server to crash so I had to move it to YouTube today. Here it is…
Pickles and Ketchups management activity --On Fridays, place these signs on the board. Anyone who has turned in all of their assignments is a "pickle" so write their name under the pickle sign. Anyone who is missing an assignment has their name placed under the ketchup bottle. Pickles can "pick" a fun game or activity, while "ketchups" catch up on missing work. It is amazing how quickly assignments come in!