It's Saturday, time to link up with my very sweet & special friend, Joanne, from Head Over Heels for Teaching for Spark Student Motivation Saturday.
What's my idea for motivatin' my students this week?
I had NEVER seen Despicable Me.
My students couldn't believe it.
All of my bloggy buddies were bloggin' all about them.
I was jealous.
I admit it.
I decided I needed to see it too...with my lil' rockstars.
How did I make it happen without feelin' guilty about takin' up class time?
I used it as a reward for hard work.
I LOVED IT!
Want to know what made it even better?
The students' excitement.
If I even turned my head for one second they were tellin' me to
"WATCH THIS PART!"
I'm glad I took the time to enjoy this with them.
Somethin' as simple as stoppin' what I was doin'(teacher work)
and payin' attentionto somethin' the kids love,
helped me continue to build meaningful
relationships with them and motivate them all at the same time.
After the movie, I froze some pictures of minions on the SMARTboard
and let them design their own minions.
Then they got to use my friend, Matt's, Minion Makers.
The world didn't end because we did somethin' out of our routine.
Their test scores are not goin' to plummet because we did somethin' fun.
Their smiles expanded though and so did my heart.
You can also use this tutorial from Art for Kids on How to Draw
These guys are hangin' in our hallway at our front door.
They make me happy when I look at them.
We did them on large pieces of white construction paper.
Have you checked out the Winter Planning Giveaway Scavenger Hunt
hosted by I'm Lovin' Lit?
Go now...EVERYONE wins!
It ends this Sunday, December 8th.
Don't forget to check out what everyone else chose
for their student motivation
this week at Joanne's blog.I'm stop C-4.