December and January can be challenging months for children to focus and stay on task. Let’s face it, with all the thoughts of presents and days off from school, there’s not much room for math facts and spelling words!
To help keep my students motivated, I encourage them to “build up good behavior!” Each student decorates and cuts out a seven-piece snowman. I put the pieces in a baggie and staple them next to a blank sheet of construction paper on our “Building Up Good Behavior” board.
Every day the students receives three snowflakes apiece, and they keep them for having good behavior throughout the day. Once a student has collected eight snowflakes, a piece of his snowman can be put up on the board.
And when a student has “built” his entire snowman, he gets a snow cone—a frosty treat for winter!
What do you do to motivate your students during this busy season?