Today I'm linking up with the oh-so-talented Joanne from Head Over Heels for Teaching for Spark Student Motivation Saturday. I really think that Joanne should change the name of this linky party to "Spark Teacher Motivation" because there are so many great ideas shared that really get me moving! Just from reading Joanne's post, I can feel her energy and enthusiasm for teaching. (I want to be like her when I grow up! :)
I simply hung up a monthly calendar and any student who wanted to sign up to read a short story to the class could. This was completely optional -- I didn't want to force anyone to do this.
To prepare, students would pick out a short story from our classroom or school library. They would practice it for several days, then read it to the class on their chosen day. In return for their reading, they would receive $20 in Collegiate Cash (our classroom economy money) and a Read Aloud Rockstar tag for their Book Genre Challenge necklace.
However, what they really received was improved FLUENCY and READING SKILLS, along with CONFIDENCE from speaking in front of a crowd.
Head on over to Head Over Heels for Teaching to find some more motivation for your students (or yourself!). But before you go, I hope you will join me tomorrow for my weekly linky party, A Peek at My Week.