I don't use rewards, incentives, or any type of extrinsic motivators in my classroom. Yes, it is my first year teaching, and I know plenty of teachers who say they couldn't do it without stickers, candy, or special events. I really just want to say, "I do it and it works." My students are motivated by our activities, how we do them, and their accomplishments.
I really enjoyed reading @pernilleripp's post that reinforces the reasons why rewards aren't necessary. If you use rewards and/or any type of extrinsic motivator, you should definitely read her post.
Expectation #4 in my classroom is "Ask Questions". Many students are afraid to ask questions out of fear that their peers may laugh, it may be a "stupid question", or other reasons that can cause them embarrassment. My students are starting to learn that they're free to ask questions and they will get an answer whether it be from me or another student. If the question is off-topic then it's easily redirected.
Here are six steps to teach your students how to ask their own questions.
In one of my college Language Arts classes we learned a few different paper folds to use in the classroom. I have yet to use them in the classroom, but I found this post from Get in the Fold! that has great pictures of students' work using folds for activities and projects.
I created a KidBlog page with my 2nd graders during student teaching last Spring and it was a great experience for my students and me. I plan on starting this year's blog late October or early November!
This was all over education blogs this past week! Finally, YouTube has a teachers' and education channel that we can use in the classroom. I think the main page of the teachers' channel is a great introduction!
WOW! This page created by Bellevue Public Schools in Nebraska is full of great resources across the curriculum to use with all grades K through 6. The resources are nicely categorized and not bunched tightly together.
Who doesn't love freebies?! Well, here are 50 downloads created by Jo from A Teacher's Bag of Tricks. They aren't categorized in any way, but it doesn't take long to read through them to download anything you like. There are some useful items in there!
Browsing through the "Topics" and "Strategies", I was kind of overwhelmed with all the links in each category. But, if you are looking to learn more about DI or strategies to use that support DI, this is the spot to go!
Pics4Learning has a wide variety of categories for you to choose from. Once you find a picture you would like to use, there is an option for you to download it so you can place in newsletters, presentations, SMART slides, etc.