Today I am linking up with Joanne from Head Over Heels for Teaching for her awesome linky, Spark Student Motivation Saturday.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote this post about some reading projects that were going on in my classroom. The students and I discussed the goals of their reading group and came up with a project to match their goals.
One book, The Trumpet of the Swan (Guided Reading level R), decided to do a scrapbook on Louis' life.
This was working out great, until they saw some of the other groups. Then, two of them wanted to switch to a Power Point, and one wanted to have part of hers on a Glogster. (The fourth student wanted to keep working on the scrapbook.) We talked about how they could keep the same goals with their new project. They got a new burst of enthusiasm and ended up doing a great job.
Although the combination of projects made scoring them slightly more challenging, I allowed for the change in projects because I knew it would be motivating for the students. There are times, when I have to keep things "as is", but I truly believe that the more ownership students have, the better they perform.
It may be cheating to write about two things, but I really wanted to thank Joanne for inspiring me to find a new way to use a great resource.
A few weeks ago, I read this post by Joanne on how she uses finger lights during reading. I have used these for a while now during guided reading groups for students to "put the spotlight on" things like new vocabulary words or evidence in the text.
The students and I love using these lights to highlight particular parts of reading. I had bought several sets of six at the beginning of the year. (I don't remember where, but I think it was at one of the dollar stores.) However, after reading Joanne's post, I decided that I must get more and try out "Flashlight Friday". I found this set of 80 on Amazon for $11.99.
Last week was our first Flashlight Friday using these lights. For once, I was grateful for a cloudy morning because the room was really dark and students could see the full effects of the lights. I am definitely planning to continue doing this every week.
Thank you, Joanne for another great idea and for hosting this awesome linky!
Have a great weekend, everyone!