IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR!
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!