66 degrees.....slight breeze....sunny.....on September 13th?!?!
This is pretty much unheard of in Kansas for this time of year. Typically it is still scorching hot....and every. single. person is ready for summer to be over......but not today...today is PERFECT!
Now that my beautiful weather rant is over.....the real point of this post is to link up with Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching for her Spark Student Motivation Linky. She typically has the linky every Saturday....so if you are looking for fresh ways to motivate your students...hop on over and check out some of the posts!!
In my classroom.....one way I motivate my students is by using task cards. The kids love that they are able to get up and move around the room....and I love that they are getting practice with various skills. In the past, I have written posts on task cards and their powerful impact.... if you want you can read that here.
Anyway, As you know (well some of you) my husband is a teacher too.....and I recently introduced him on to the idea of task cards. When he peaked an interest in this strategy......I barely could contain my excitement. I mean...I LOVE task cards!
So he tried it out this week in his 6th grade math class......
The kids loved it so much.....that they actually begged him for more task cards!! AND.....my husband loved it so much....that he happily agreed!
In fact his exact words to me in an email said:
"Those worked AWESOME! The kids worked like crazy the whole time and were even talking about how fun it was!!"
So his sixth graders did task cards this week.....not once....but twice!!
His kiddos are working on division and order of operations....so the used the task cards pictured below.
For the first time he used the "Magic Number" way of using task cards:
- Give each student a specific starting number. Example: Johnny started at 6, Baylee started at 9, etc.
- After the student completed a problem, they had to check their work with him or a para. If they got it right they could move on, if they got it wrong they had to re-work the problem with his help.
- The kids worked and worked until the time was up.
- He picked a "magic number" and if the kids got that many questions correctly completed they got a jolly rancher. Example: Mr. Orr picked 5 as the "magic number" so whoever got at least 5 correct...got candy. He did not tell them the magic number until the end....this made them work harder!!!
For the second time he used the "Scoot" way of using task cards:
- Give each student a specific starting number. Example: Johnny started at 6, Baylee started at 9, etc
- Students got 1 minute and 15 seconds to work each problem (or more or less time depending on the needs of your students)
- Timer goes off.....and students scoot to the next problem.
- Repeat until students have worked on all problems, or class time is over.
Well that's that folks.......Task Cards Rock....and they are definitely a way to spark student motivation!!!