"We need to make education a community obsession." Joan Kowal
Every classroom needs a way to motivate its students to learn; they’re not going to want to learn without a reason. While some students already have some external motivation in the form of their parents and older siblings, there are many others who need to be pushed from day one by their teacher. But having the teacher pushing you can make a few students feel self-conscience, so the introduction of a motivational tool which makes the classroom a community can be a godsend. The WBT Scoreboard seems designed to become a class wide obsession which will form a diverse group of students into a cooperative community.
How does the Scoreboard do that?
It's actually a very simple classroom management system. As a class, students are rewarded or not depending on class wide following of rules and directions. Unlike other systems where students are often rewarded with tangible things like extra recess or prizes, and lose recess or have detention as punishment, the WBT scoreboard awards students with a one second party for class wide attention, or a Mighty Groan when a great portion of the class is not following directions quickly and properly. Students get to use their voices and body for each smiley and frowny achieved, but of course will be motivated to win one second parties for their class. No student in the class is singled out for earning the class a Mighty Groan, but a classroom obsession with earning parties should help to build a community of achievers.
The cons to this system at first glance seem to be very few. In many classrooms there will be one or two students who fail to be motivated by the silliness of this motivator. They will be the ones that teachers will have to find a way to give them their own motivation to want to become part of the classroom cooperative community. I look forward to learning more about this part of WBT to see what suggestions are made for this con by Biffle and other teachers using the system.
I look forward to seeing how such instant motivation will encourage my future class towards forming a tight knit community for the duration of the school year.
To get the scoreboard header just click on the image at the top to go to the Google Document.
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