So a couple of weeks ago I created a prize package for my kids. I wanted something motivational going on that would be kind of fun for the kids. I told them I would place a colored marker star on the white board every time they did good in specials (art, music, P.E. Library), or if they won for best behaved class in the lunch room, or any other thing where they got recognized for good behavior within the school. I told them that when they got 10 stars, they could have a nacho party. Things were going kind of slow for a week or so. They only picked up 5 stars in two weeks and I was beginning to worry that it was taking too long for them to win. For young children having the reward out there too far for too long sort of defeats the purpose.
But today they blew the top off the reward. At the monthly schoolwide awards assembly they were recognized for two things, they had the highest percentage of attendance on the grade level, and the Specialists collectively recognized them as the overall best behaved class in the school. Then at lunch they were selected as the best behaved class for the day. They got a “5” (best number of points) at Music and they had a sub for the day while I did Mid-Year Benchmark DIBELS testing. I told them that if the sub gave them a “5” I would give them a star. They ended up with 5 stars for the day and got to 10,overall so now I have to do the whole Nacho Party thing with them. They were pretty stoked.