I'm linking up with Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching today to share a way to "Spark Student Motivation." Those of you that have read my blog from the beginning will probably recognize some of the pictures from this post-so I apologize to you now, that is the only problem with summer-a serious lack of pictures.
I try, whenever it is possible and appropriate, to not give my kiddos worksheets. I find that as soon as I pass out a regular worksheet they immediately loose interest. I grew up in the "worksheet kids to death" time, so I try to be a bit more creative to keep their attention.
Once they caught a fish they matched the number of the fish onto the task card and answered it. If they got it correct, they kept the fish. If they missed it, the fish went back into the "pond." (I provided each group with an answer key.) To make it fair the students all had to answer a question before they could fish for a new question.
This activity took a while, but they enjoyed it, and it definitely kept their interest the entire time! It was a fun and very unique way for students to practice a given skill. My goal is to use it once a month, I don't want to use it too much so the "novelty" wears off.
What do you do to motivate your students?