SPRING FEVER in the Elementary Class

26 Feb


Combat Spring Fever in the Elementary Classroom

Motivate and reward.

Spring is the time to pull out all the stops when it comes to motivation and reward systems. Be generous with stickers, tags, and treats. Have kindness contests. When a student shows kindness to a fellow classmate, he gets a sticker on his chart, or a tag for his chain. When a student reports another student showing kindness, the reporter gets a sticker on his chart or a tag on his chain as well. This results in “positive” tattling! Make a compliment jar for the class. When the entire class follows a specific rule (randomly chosen by the teacher), a compliment is placed into the jar. You can use marbles, slip of paper, game markers-anything that can be counted. When twenty compliments are received, the class gets to celebrate with ice cream. Have each student set a reading goal for the last nine weeks of school, and keep a personal record of achievement. A special bookmark can be given when the goal is reached.

Count it down.

Teachers have been doing it for years. Somewhere in the classroom, post the number of school days left, and assign a student to change the number each day. Spring fever is much easier to endure when you can see the deadline just ahead!


Posted by on February 26, 2012 in Uncategorized


3 responses to “SPRING FEVER in the Elementary Class

  1. Jennifer

    February 27, 2012 at 2:56 am

    I have a similar system for compliments: any time my class receives a compliment from another adult in the building (anyone from the cafeteria ladies, custodians, counselor, principal or another teacher) we add a link to the paper chain we have hanging in the classroom. When it gets to the ground we have a celebration! The paper chain is right next to our classroom door so it reminds us every time we leave the classroom that we need to be following our procedures! It also helps us with our math standards since we are making an ABC pattern with the different strips of construction paper, plus we estimate how many more links until we get to the floor!

    As for counting down the days until the end of the year, our local pre-k center makes a looong caterpillar out of different color circles. Every day they take one circle off so they can see the caterpillar shrinking as the year winds down, it’s just too cute!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten


    February 27, 2012 at 3:57 am

    What a great idea Jennifer. I love the paper chain idea, incorporating the ABC pattern and estimating how many links remaining is a perfect way to sneak in math building skills. We’d love to see the shrinking caterpillar if you have pics. Thanks for sharing!


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