Spark Student Motivation Saturday

I have been reading the link ups for Head Over Heels For Teaching's Spark Student Motivation Saturday for many weeks now.  It's amazing how simple, yet incredibly motivating, some of the ideas shared have been.  I also love the linky button!

We are in the middle of our A-Z countdown, which was an idea that came from this linky.  Actually, we are only headed towards day I - Ink Day (bring a pen). I'm thinking the kids are going to love this and us teachers are not since our students never use pen.  Oh well, one day won't hurt!

But, here's a simple suggestion for making something monotonous a bit more exciting - let the students do other students' work!  If your school is like mine, we have all these workbooks we've never used and are also running out of paper.  Plus, sometimes there's just the need for kids doing paper and pencil practice.  Believe it or not, I have a couple of students with a strong desire to know what is in those workbooks and if they can do ALL the pages...sure, okay...

Instead of students just completing their own work, have them get up and wander around the room finding another student to do each of the problems or questions on the page for them.  We have a couple of rules on this in my class that seem to work:

  1. You can't visit the same person twice.
  2. The person who solves your problem or question must leave their initials next to it.
  3. If you do not maintain a whisper voice, you have to go back to your seat and do your own work all by yourself (just send one kid back to his/seat and everyone will quiet down, I promise).
Believe it or not, it really keeps them entertained, busy, and quiet.  Plus they are getting practice on a skill in a way that they think is FUN rather than work!  They really seem to think everyone else did their work for them and don't realize that they were working at the same time.

Head on over to Joanne's to link up or for more ideas!


  1. What a great idea! I love that they can go over to someone else and solve a problem or answer a question for them. That takes some collaboration and permission giving! I'm not sure how 6th graders would respond to that (some would love it, for sure!)
    Who comes up with the ideas for the A-Z countdown? You or the students? I didn't see the initial post....

  2. Oh my goodness I'm going to have to try this. You are right they won't think they are working when they help a friend!!
    I like your ink day idea!

  3. I really like the pen idea. Kids go absolutely crazy for them and because of my small resource room my students can use them whenever they want.

    I personally think they move better than pencils, but that could be my fine motor skills talking.

    Digital: Divide & Conquer

  4. One of the coupons I give my kiddos at Christmas time is "Pen/Marker Day." They love cashing that one in.

    I'm your newest follower!

    Sweet Rhyme – Pure Reason

  5. What a great idea! And I totally agree, some ideas are so simple, but they WORK!!! I love reading all these ideas! It's such a great way to collaborate! Thanks for:
    linking up, sharing, and liking my sparkly button! :O)
    Head Over Heels For Teaching


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