Good Morning! Before I go to Zumba (to prove that old swimmers should stick to the water and not dance), I wanted to link up with Joanne of Head Over Heels for Teaching and her Saturday morning Motivation linky.
What I didn't think I would use table points for was as a reward for passing quizzes and tests. I started off by rewarding their bravery for sharing their Interactive Notebooks under the document camera. Then I gave the three students who passed the 1st Order of Operations quiz 5 points. I didn't say a thing, just put 5 points on top of their quizzes in the pile on their respective tables.
When we took another quiz, I passed out their corrected quizzes into piles on their tables. This time, I just put the points on top of the whole pile. They came in that morning, and acted like it was Christmas morning! They were so excited with their grades and their points that they earned for their table. All but three students passed the last quiz, and they have been informed that they can earn their table points by coming in after school and retaking it. One did just that on Thursday.
This is not a road I have gone down before with my students. I have held firm to the belief that certain things are expected, and therefore, not extrinsically rewarded. However, the last few years it seems as if my students were okay with failing, because "everyone else does too." Lecturing to them doesn't work - I tried.
It almost feels like bribery, and I am not sure how this experiment will end. Hopefully, this subtle nudge with points will continue to foster a classroom culture of achievement.
Don't forget to go link up with Joanne and stop other blogs to see what they do to motivate their students!
p.s. The hysterical thing about the points is that so far, the only "reward" has been for the top table to go to lunch a minute earlier than the rest, and a few erasers. I love it!