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From: Jeryl Hollingsworth (holl5_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Feb 24 2003 - 16:28:15 PST

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From: "Jeryl Hollingsworth" <>
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Sent: Sunday, February 23, 2003 10:39 PM
Subject: motivation at elementary level

> This is something new I tried which is working well with elementary level.
> put a big poster with a fancy border around it outside of my room labeled
> "Class of the Week!"
> Then at the end of the week I choose one class that was great and their
> goes on the poster ex. Mrs. Wooten's Fourth Grade Since I already have
> laminated signs that I use for hall displays , I just slap it up there,
> the announcement to the principal to read on Friday and you would think
> had really won something. Their class name stays up all week right where
> everybody lines up to come in the room. Its getting to be a coveted thing
> and this is only the 3rd week of doing it. Easy, cheap!
> I used to give big laminated crayons to each class when they left if
> things went well. Each class had a big crayon box ( made out of a
> 12x 18 manilla envelope) in their room and when a class had their box full
> (8 crayons) they got a free art day. I haven't done that this year just
> because I have gotten so stingy with their time. They only come to me once
> week and then they miss because of ice, inservice, holidays, field
> trips,etc.....I hate to take a whole class time out of their curriculum.
> the crayon thing was also very popular.
> My 5th graders have been working on drawing their castles forever
> (really 4 weeks) but I have found that if I read to them from a book about
> medival castles they love it and work so quietly. I could be loading the
> kiln or reading e-mails since they are (most of them) so occupied with
> drawing but I've found the reading really is a motivator to work and they
> are learning something!
> Jeryl in SC