So since last year I have been really interested in whole brain teaching (Power teaching) by Chris Biffle. I really love it!! One of my favorite parts is the class score board. Now in a tradition power teaching class the score board is just a smiley face and a sad face on the board or a T for teacher vs. S for student board (for troubled classes), but I have slightly modified it to fit my elementary school needs. So each year I come up with a class villain, last year it was the EVIL Petey Piranha (to suit my "think tank" theme) and this year it is the evil Dr. Wormwood because I used a lot of birds this year. The first day of school, I explain to the kids that the Evil Dr. Wormwood hates learning and wants us to go home having learned nothing all day. So every time we do something that hinders learning or makes it difficult to learn Dr. Wormwood gets a point. (example: lack of participation, groups being off task, etc.) Now on the other side of the score board is the US side, We love learning and want to learn something new everyday. So every time we are doing a great job and working towards learning; we get a point. Every time we get a point we get to do a quick cheer, we always start of the year with me clapping and the students just yelling "oh yeah!"
IMPORTANT TIP: never let either side be more than two points ahead, if the villain gets too far ahead the kids will sometimes give up, but if the us side is more than two points ahead the students sometimes think they can use those points like insurance run in baseball. :)
This is a great program if you are excited about it, the kids get excited about it.
Love to hear your thoughts and comments. Have a great week!!