I didn't want to miss Joanne's linky party though. It's time to Spark Student Motivation with Head Over Heels for Teaching!
How to spark student motivation: Call their parents with something POSITIVE about their child
My principal has a big initiative at least twice a year to get us to make POSITIVE phone calls to our students' parents. She makes one of our faculty meeting a contest to see which teacher can call the most parents and share something positive about their child.
Remember, I teach middle school. Parents don't normally get those positive calls often. As a matter of fact, they see the school number on their phone and don't answer.
We do it early in the year to make some positive contact with them and then we do it again (as a staff) after Christmas.
She encourages us to do it throughout the year as well, but twice a year she creates it as a contest for us. The winning teacher gets a prize. It may be an hour lunch break, leave early ticket, or something like that.
Trust me, if your students know you are calling home to tell their parents something POSITIVE, it will motivate them!
Link up and share something you do to motivate. I'll be checking back when I am all sweaty from being in the sun all day! Time to go apply sunscreen!
HAPPY SATURDAY Y'ALL!