By Teachers, For Teachers
Here we are, quickly approaching winter. This is the time of year when I routinely feel
a) so sick of inside recess and the resulting afternoon of madness that I could scream,
b) like I have million things to cover and oh-my-goodness where did the time go and
c) bored to death with my prize box.
I’ll let you in on a little secret. If you are bored by your routine, blah, been-sitting-in-the-treasure-chest-since-September prizes, so are your students.
And let’s be real with ourselves. Do you really feel like spending a million dollars to rejuvenate your stash of prizes? I mean, one can only scour the dollar aisle at Target or the 99-cent store looking for deals so many times.
Whether you believe in bribery or not, classroom prizes can be a big motivator for some kids. I always struggled with the whole idea of rewarding a student who had an impossibly hard time focusing on their class work yet had finally had a breakthrough, with a toy designed only to distract. It kind of seemed like shooting myself in the foot.
So, I tried to fill up my prize box with low-cost prizes that were also related to school success but still cool enough to be considered “fabulous” by my students. I wrote the prize in a funny way on a scrap of fancy paper, folded it up, and viola! You’ve got yourself a mountain of new prizes and a brand new Treasure Chest filled with Wonderful.
My Favorite Class Rewards:
These are just a few ideas, but I think you get the point. If you hype it up enough and make your ideas really original, you can find a million ways to make your prize box fun, exciting and relatively cost free!
What are you favorite class rewards, prizes or student incentives? Share in the comments section!