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My trick is something simple and for now a motivator for an individual. I'm the special education teacher, so although I do co-teach in several classrooms. Most of my motivators are directed to individual students.
With this you start with a page of dots in a grid like formation. The amount of dots is subjective. I use a lot, you probably wouldn't have to use as many.
Sorry, for the poor quality in pictures, I left an example at school and had to draw one up quick
When the student is on task, I walk by and tap the paper once, or tell the student it's their turn. The student then makes one line to connect a pair of dots. If the student is off task or not complying with the behavior goal of the day, I get to draw a line.
The object is to be the person with the most squares at the end of the day. The more the student is doing what he/she is supposed to, the more chances they have to make their moves on the board than I do. There is some logic to it, if one person has made three of the four lines needed but loses their turn, the other person can capture the box.
The student I used this with was very competitive. So having a "game" to play was a good motivator for him. If he won (had more boxes) he was able to choose a small prize. If he lost, that's part of the "game" and as a competitor he understood that. We were also able to discuss shortly why he didn't win and how he could compete better the next day.
I'm so pumped for this linky that Amanda and Stacia have created! Each week covers a different subjects mentor text this week it's mentor texts for language arts. Here is my selection for this week:
The gist: In this book Mr. Mutt takes on the people problems of other dogs, in humors "Dear Abby" type fashion. Mr. Mutt isn't without his own problems, the cat (aka The Queen) also has a different view of who is in charge. It's a humorous book that could be used with letter writing, point of view, or looking at multiple perspectives.
Be sure to link up! I love, love, love children's literature and I'm making out my wishlist for my new teaching position next year! :)
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