It's Saturday and first I'm linkin' up with
my high-heeled hero, Joanne,
for Spark Student Motivation Saturdays.
Want to know one of the best motivators for students?
Pretendin' you are the paparazzi and
snappin' pictures of your students' faces.
I'm not jokin'.
(don't stop readin' even if you aren't from the Sunshine State),
any testin' grades have an online
program called FCAT Explorer that can
be accessed at school or home.
Each grade level has different subjects that can
This year, my 5th graders can work on
the Math or Science portion of the program.
Math has 162 questions and Science has 200.
162 + 200=a lot of questions
There are questions that would be worded
similar to our actual standardized test questions and
are basically a review of all of the standards
that we have covered throughout the year.
The students have from January until April to
complete this program.
Anyone that completes BOTH sections will
get a surprise or treat from me.
Sometimes I assign it for homework, sometimes we
do it in class, and sometimes I just tell the
kids to go above and beyond to complete this.
For some reason it takes a looooong time for
some of them to get anywhere with this.
In January I start to keep track of their progress
and at the beginnin' of March
I put their pictures up to show who has completed
one or two sections of the program.
As soon as those pictures go up on the wall,
all of a sudden the program MIRACULOUSLY gets completed
faster than I can get the blue sticky-tacky on the back
of their picture.
I put the pictures up this Wednesday and
I put the pictures up this Wednesday and
by Friday I had four more people complete the program.
Just like that.
Motivation at its finest.
The pictures are mounted on spray painted CD's
to go with our Rockstar theme.
Joanne will LOVE this one...
I also gave each student a Post-it note
and gave them two numbers...random numbers.
Random to them...not to me.
Each student's numbers were different.
Then they had to add their two numbers together.
They then checked one another to see if they added correctly.
Luckily, everyone did.
Thank goodness....I didn't want to have a nervous breakdown.
Then I asked them to get in order from smallest to largest numbers.
The person with the smallest number had completed
the least amount of questions on FCAT Explorer...
(I'm sure you know where I'm goin' with this)
and the person with the largest
had completed the most.
Now I've got pictures on the wall and kids lookin'
around to see who is goin' to finish ahead of them.
I've got a competitive bunch.
They don't like bein' beat by their classmates.
I have a feelin' by the time Monday rolls around,
I'll have several more kids that have completed
I'm also linkin' up with my other favorite Ali from
for "lovin' it & over it".
Some of you may remember that my school had
to say good-bye to a very special teacher
a few weeks ago.
Two of my colleagues and the Student
Council came up with a fundraiser to raise money
to be placed in Mary's name through the
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer foundation.
Students were able to purchase a pink strip of paper for
$.50 or 3 for $1.00.
The pink strips made paper chains that could be hung in each
classroom in our buildin'.
Students at my school raised around $1,000!
We had over 500 strips in our room.
We actually ran out of hangin' space.
I had to be careful if the fire marshal came back.
He dislikes me immensely.
I'm so proud of my Rockstars for honorin' Mrs. Martin's memory
and always wantin' to give to others.
They were so excited every time they brought in money
and most of them even gave up their Friday ice cream money
each week to buy pink strips instead!
The kids took the chains to our
Student Council reps so they can attach all the chains in the
All of the pink chains
will be displayed in our Media Center for everyone
to see durin' our Scholastic Book Fair.
I think Mary would have truly loved this!
I have a paper cut and it hurts.
I've been sayin' bad things again.
I teased Ali that she was goin' to be my "over it"
because I emailed her and I knew she was nappin'
and unable to respond.
It's great that she's such a good sport
and can take my teasin'.
I'm only over my paper cut!
Happy Saturday, friends.
I'm on a boat today catchin' fishies...no I'm not postin' from there!
Just by the time you read this...I will be on a boat.