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Motivation Classroom Team Building Activities

Motivation Classroom Team Building Activities

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Classroom Team Building ActivitiesAre Excellent Motivational Tools!!
One of my favorite classroom activities for team building was a classroom meeting that Icalled
"Special Talk and Student of the Week"
.These classroom meetings were held every Friday for the last period of the day.It was the best part of the week,wonderful way to end the week, and the students
loved
it!!It is important to show your students that you are
human
- have feelings, a life,family,weekends, pets,etc. - Share as they share; e.g. during show and tell (which is morefor the primary division).After the student agendas were signed, we got together and sat on the carpet (me on achair, better to see and be seen) and discussed what they were doing on the weekend(including me), what was happening next week in school (in and out side theclass),
sharing
objects, jokes, etc.Then a student was chosen by the previous student to receive the "Student of the Week"award. The student was chose for
positive
reasons, e.g. thoughtfulness,mannerly,kindness.They received a treat and a prize.
Everyone
was chosen once and then we began again until the end of the year. I chose thevery first winner and then again when we started the second round.The student of the week brought down the attendance, delivered things to other classes,picked up things from the office, was in charge if I had to leave the room for a minute (e.g.the washroom). If I was away that student informed the supply teacher about the classroomroutines,etc.Classroom meetings could last anywhere from 15 to 25 minutes depending upon what washappening the following week and on what the students had to share and discuss.Meetings were held to
discuss
things such as class parties, class trips, changing the seatingplan, and any class issues such as bully situation, peoples' feelings being hurt or voting on aparticular issue.These meeting could be spontaneous, where students would stay seated at their desks or aplanned discussion where we would sit in a group on the carpet.If their was a serious issue I would tell my students when it would we be discussed, andwhat would be discussed so they could think about it and voice
their opinions
.Classroom parties, classroom games and classroom trips are just a few other types of classroom team building activities that I discuss or plan to discuss on my website.
 
Motivating Students to Read.Make it Simple and Fun!!
There may be some students in your classroom that love to read, but most find it a
chore
.Even after you have taken your class to the library for book exchange, where there arethousands of books to choose from, you'll get many comments such as "There's nothing toread" or "I couldn't find a book".Reading is an important criteria in the assessment of student achievement which you needfor your report card comments. What are you, as an
effective teacher
, going to do todevelop motivation to read in your students?Motivating students to read doesn't have to be taxing and stressful.Let me describe several
successful
methods that I have used to develop great motivationin the classroom to encourage your students to read.1. If you have a librarian in your school, you are so lucky, as he/she can be a
fabulousresource
.At the beginning of the year, arrange a time that you can bring your class to the library todiscuss the various types of books that your students can take out and
how to find them
-whether its science fiction, autobiographies, picture books, or a series such as"Goosebumps" or "Robert Munsch's" books.Your librarian may also be able to advise you on how you can be more successful atmotivating students to read.2. In the primary grades
"book talk"
has been extremely successful in motivating studentsto read. Writing a letter to your students' parents explaining this program is a fabulous"parent teacher communication".For example, your students have a week to read a book, and the parents are asked to signa
"reading log"
each night the student reads their book (also write it in the student'sagenda each day).Then on a predetermined date students would tell the rest of the class about their book.This
programme
was very beneficial as a form of student
self assessment
and great forbuilding student
self esteem
. A class discussion could follow if you chose to.3. To
develop motivation
in students in the junior grades you can create various types of book reports. I usually would give students three weeks to read a book and complete abook report. Again, putting this assignment in the student's agenda is vital for parentteacher communication.You can also do different things to make the presentation more
interesting
:
 
* I had my students pick a number out of a hat to determine the order of the presentations- just to add a little excitement.* Sometimes I changed it up a little and asked them to dress up as one of the characters intheir book or use items mentioned in their book as they did their presentation. Be sure torefer to the book reports in yourreport card commentsin the Language Arts/Englishsection.* I would create rubric samples/rubric templates choosing the criteria I wanted to grade mystudents on. During each presentation, the rest of my students were
focused
on scoringrubrics and had to pay attention. (I always found it interesting when I was grading rubricsfrom the class, to see the marks they gave their friends and how honest they would be).4. You can create a
"bookworm"
for motivating students to read. Draw a circle onconstruction paper (e.g. using the bottom of a large juice can)and each time a studentfinishes reading a book, write the name and author of the book and the student's nameinside the circle.The first circle is the worm's face. Place it on one corner wall of the classroom. As eachstudent completes a book, create another circle and attach it to the previous circle, creatinga bookworm. (If you are a reader, join in and add your circle).Challenge your students to fill up all 4 walls with the bookworm by the end of the year andthen celebrate by having a book party. The student with the most circles wins a prize.
Finding fun and new ways
to give students a solid grasp of the basics is not easybutRobot Readeris a set of printable reading games and printable phonics games.These printable reading activities and printable phonics activities are designed to
developessential literacy skills
for 5-10 year olds. Teaching reading has never been easier!I encouraged the use of Scholastic publications in my class for years. Each month whentheir flyer came, I went over all the books, crossword activities, games, teacher activitybooks, etc. that they were promoting and selling.I would recommend to my students (no hard selling!) to buy any of their products that Ithought were worthwhile, but rather than buying on their own I would pool the moneycollected and buy in batch (since Scholastics offers free books to teachers based on the $$amount purchased). These
free books
were then available to any and all of my studentsthroughout the year.(Make sure to promote the idea to parents through the student agenda to maintain goodteacher parent communication and keep it on the up and up).It was truly amazing,as the years passed, how my bookcase filled up with free books fromScholastics and benefiting all of my students.5. One year my class was involved with "Pizza Pizza". They had a school promotion,whereby if your students read a certain amount of books (200), by the end of the year,"Pizza Pizza" would organize a
class party
with free pizza and beverages. Now that's greatclassroom motivation and an easy way for motivating students to read!!!

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