Celebrating Successeffective Curriculum Ideas

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A couple of weeks ago a conversation started in Girl Gang HQ that led us to diagnosing an epidemic: we're NOT celebrating our accomplishments. We recognized that when we achieve a goal or reach a big milestone, rather than taking a moment to pause, swell with pride, and lavish ourselves with the pampering we deserve, we simply put our eyes on the next thing and keep marching forward. Ideas and possibilities for women’s organization programs are limitless. Yet, if you are on the program planning committee, you may find yourself stumped and needing some inspiration. 4 Ways Innovative Companies are Celebrating Their Employees. The bonus program allows employees to award an extra $50 to a coworker who went above and beyond for them or their team each month. 15 easy ways to thank your team for a job well done. From meals out to activities that create shared experiences to bond your team together, there are lots of ideas here to celebrate success at work.

  1. Celebrating Successeffective Curriculum Ideas Activities
  2. Celebrating Successeffective Curriculum Ideas 4th Grade
  3. Celebrating Successeffective Curriculum Ideas Preschool

A couple of weeks ago a conversation started in Girl Gang HQ that led us to diagnosing an epidemic: we're NOT celebrating our accomplishments.

We recognized that when we achieve a goal or reach a big milestone, rather than taking a moment to pause, swell with pride, and lavish ourselves with the pampering we deserve, we simply put our eyes on the next thing and keep marching forward.

Celebrating Successeffective Curriculum Ideas Activities

This also came up at Gabrielle Bernstein’s recent London workshop. She mentioned that a woman asked her how she celebrated finishing a book and she realized: she doesn’t. She simply starts planning the next one.

Perhaps this sounds like a best practice for someone with big dreams. Maybe it seems like the most “productive” option. But it’s actually detrimental to our wellness and future success. Never stopping to take a break and celebrate is a sure recipe for burn out. And not pausing to reflect doesn’t give us the chance to course correct and make sure that the path is leading us where we want to go.

Last week I had the pleasure of seeing Emma Watson interview Gloria Steinem and Gloria said something that really stuck with me: “Marx and Engels were good guys but they got one thing wrong: They said that the ends justify the means. In fact, the means ARE the end. So if we want humour and good food and dancing, we need humour and good food and dancing on the journey or we won’t have them in the end (not that there really is an end).'

Celebrating Successeffective Curriculum Ideas 4th Grade

By Andrew Hawk

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When it comes to professional development and the subject matter for books, methods for managing student behavior get a lot of attention. Chances are, somewhere today a college professor is telling a class of teaching candidates that learning cannot take place without adequate classroom management. With all the focus on managing students’ behavior, fun and creative ways to celebrate students’ successes are often overlooked.

While activities related to classroom celebrations may not result in higher standardized test scores, these activities are often students’ best memories of school. Celebrating students’ successes also contributes to an overall positive school experience. An overall positive experience in school may be the difference between a student dropping out or graduating. Here are some ideas for celebrating the successes of your students that I hope you’ll try.

Celebratory Shower
Football players love to celebrate a big win by dumping a cooler of water or sports drink on their coach. Students of all ages will love doing this to their teacher, and you can establish the goal that has to be met. Maybe the entire class has to get at least a B on a tough exam. I recommend using water, though. It is cheaper and less sticky. Also, you might want to do this outside on a day with warm weather. Elementary teachers, feel free to let colleagues do the dumping.

Celebrating Successeffective Curriculum Ideas Preschool

Classroom Party
Oh the classroom party, a true cornerstone of education. Almost every teacher has his or her own take on how to conduct a classroom party. Some schools have strict guidelines pertaining to the use of instructional time and whether or not sweets can be served. Personally, I believe that sweets are fine in moderation, but the use of instructional time is something I always consider.

There are two ways a teacher can treat his or her students to a rewards party without impinging on instructional time. One, host the party during a study hall, recess, or lunch period. Two, incorporate instruction into the party. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways. I have a middle school colleague who hosts a Pi Day party to celebrate his students learning how to use π in formulas. Each student brings in a different kind of pie.

Schoolwide Initiative
This takes a lot of collaboration but can really motivate students. I once worked at a school where the principal was on board and played a large role in the initiative. It was well-known that this principal was afraid of heights. He worked with teachers to set a schoolwide goal for the number of pages read by students (not counting schoolwork). Each classroom tracked the number of pages read. When the school’s students met the goal, the principal spent an entire day on the school’s roof. The next year the school did the same thing, but the principal went up in a hot air balloon. A community member brought his hot air balloon to the school, and students watched as the principal ascended. Both strategies worked to motivate students to read in their spare time. Be creative and try to find the perfect idea for your school.

Athletics as a Reward
Rewarding students’ successes with extra time playing sports is a popular strategy right now. Administrators are typically okay with trading instructional time for exercise on a limited basis. At my school, entire grade levels hold kickball tournaments among their classes to celebrate the successful completion of our state’s standardized tests. Our fifth graders celebrate by playing dodgeball against the faculty while the rest of the school watches.

Community Event
Another fun way to celebrate student successes is to partner with a local business to host a community event. Popular destinations are bowling alleys, skating rinks, and ice cream shops. In these cases, teachers usually negotiate a discount for the students who attend or collect donations to pay for the event.

After-School Celebration
After-school celebrations take a lot of organization. Usually a school’s parent group helps facilitate these activities. Popular activities include movie nights and school cookouts, but do not feel limited to these ideas. A friend of mine worked at a school that hosted a schoolwide sleepover on a Friday night to celebrate the school making its annual yearly progress goal on standardized tests.

Community Outing
Students of all ages love field trips. Schools can use these trips as a motivational tool by setting criteria for students to earn the trip. As always, field trips can be educational or just for fun. I worked at an elementary school in West Virginia that had an annual rewards field trip to a ski resort in another part of the state. To earn the trip, students had to earn Cs or higher and have no office referrals.

In Closing
Schools are unique subcultures. This being so, the same strategy may not work in every school. Collaborate with the personnel in your grade level or building to select the best approach to motivating your students.

Andrew Hawk has worked in public education for fourteen years, starting as a teaching assistant in a special education classroom. He has taught first, second, and fifth grade as a classroom teacher, and for the past three years, has worked as a resource room teacher, providing services for fourth and fifth graders. Working as a special education teacher has given him the opportunity to work with a variety of age groups and exceptionalities. In 2011, he earned his master’s degree in special education from Western Governor’s University. When Andrew is not preparing for school, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter.

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