Do you feel like your students’ attention spans march out? Keep your students on task while having some fun to boot!
FREE DOWNLOAD: Give yourself and your students a fun break with this “keep ’em quiet” Leprechaun art project.
FREE DOWNLOAD: This easy “heart butterfly” art project will make any classroom look like spring is in full bloom! Attach to bulletin boards, chairs, doorways and watch spring fly in! The first day of SPRING is Wednesday March 20.
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 brag tag for his/her chain. When a student reports another student showing kindness, the reporter gets a sticker on his chart or a brag tag on his/her chain as well. This results in “positive” tattling! Make a compliment jar for the class. When the entire class follows a specific rule, a compliment “good job” 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!