I teach my 2 English Level 1 classes 4 days a week. And they are my joy. It has been such an incredible experience to grow alongside my students as they progress in their English, and as I progress as their instructor.
I discovered early on that a simple sticker, as a reward for a perfect homework, immediately caused all of my classes’ homework accuracy to skyrocket. Children would cheer when receiving a “decorated” perfect homework, and I soon realized many were keeping proud tally of the amount of stickers they were amassing on their graded papers.
This, to me, was a door standing wide open to take this meager incentive program to the next level.
So today, I bestowed upon my classes the blessed news that I was now opening a “Sticker Store!” With items such as candy, pretty little crosses, new pens and even pencil cases available to be “purchased” by showing me a certain amount of stickers, eyes grew wide and the cheers began to ring.
So, in the recent absence of all of the teams that visited, we are joyously entering into our “second semester” of sorts with renewed joy and anticipation.
We began our class today with a significant amount of “shopping” time - some children had amassed quite the quantity of stickers over the past several months! But from here on out, they children will be able to trade as little as two perfect homework stickers for a piece of candy, or save up several weeks of perfect homework in order to cash in on a bigger goody.
It’s fun to get excited about the small things in life. Personally, I’m just happy my students are happy to learn!