The new incentive is up on my wall. Students will Play (15 pieces), Listen (15 Classical music), and Create (3 improvisations or composition). We’ll keep track on individual tracker sheets and then as bubbles (stickers) on my ocean wall with our SCUBA divers. Doing these three things (PLC), students start at the yellow level and progress deeper to orange, and then blue. Prizes are given at the completion of each level (Texas donut, $2 bill, or something fabulous).
These activities will take us to 99! To reach 100, students will need to attend a live concert (Utah Symphony, Utah Chamber Artists, Temple Square/Assembly Hall, etc.). Reaching 100 should be a prize of its own, but students will receive an iTunes gift card or equivalent.
Let the diving begin!
The results for the summer Activities for Ice Cream incentive are in. Each student earned 8 scoops so each will receive their favorite half gallon (or equivalent) of ice cream the week of Labor Day! Sarah is the grand champion, earning 14 scoops, and will receive a gift card for earning the most scoops.
Students were able to watch online performers, practice with more purpose, compose, race the clock with BEA’s keys matching staff notes on the piano keys, know major key signatures, major and minor five-finger patterns, etc. I’m so happy for their progression of skills!
A jar of Nutella, a Texas donut, and a chocolate orange. These are the items that were auctioned off for hundreds of dollars (music dollars). Our gathering activity of playing harmonies with tone chimes, performing, and the auction took all of our time during the group lesson in December. We’ll have to do the music map of “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” another time.
Being consistent with practicing each week is a challenge. I am always inspired by my son’s charts at elementary school. His spelling graph for the entire year inspired me to do this visual incentive for “High Five” practice. At first I let the students put their hot air balloon anywhere in the sky, but then I couldn’t tell who was leading the pack with their tally marks so I rearranged them in January, plus they needed something new to notice on my wall.
When they get five tally marks they can pick a treat from my basket. To get a tally mark for the week, students need to practice five days and mark it on the chart. Some students have practiced the five days, but are not good at charting! When they reach 15 tally marks they get their choice of a two-dollar bill or a Texas donut. What is a Texas donut? Well, it’s huge and thanks to my son’s fourth grade teacher, it’s a hit at our house!