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Teacher Appreciation - Secrets from the Classroom

I am delighted to be teaming up with some great teachers - 
to express our appreciation of all you wonderful teachers!

We know this can be a crazy, stressful time of year - 
so we have some secrets to help relieve some of that stress!

Music Box - Friday Surprise

It can be a challenge this time of year to motivate your students!
This is such a fun way to help your students to focus on their work!
I love it - because you don't have to say a word!  
Just open the music box and silence reigns!
Here is how it works.
Introduce the music box to your students on a Monday.
Explain that if there is still music left in it on Friday afternoon - 
it's Friday Surprise time!  
(They love the idea of the surprise!)
Say, 'I am sure you are wondering how we will keep the music in the box!'
'Well, it will only open when ... you are off task or talking too much.' 
Practice with the students:
'Pretend you are chattering with each other.'
<Open Music Box>
As soon as they are quiet - close it.

Disclosure:  ;)
I have secretly rewound the music box to insure that there will be music everyday to help them refocus.  ;)

Free Choice: Classroom Games
Extra Recess
Students Choose: class votes on activity

M&M Time!

Here is another amazing motivator!
On Monday, students know that all their required assignments will go on the 'Must' side.
On Friday, students know that if the 'Musts' are complete - 
then they may choose an activity from the 'May' list.
I usually have about 15 minutes for this - 
but some weeks longer if there are many students still working on the 'Musts'


  1. I LOVE the music box for Friday Surprise {{and that you give it a little extra wind too}} ... what a great way to catch their attention so they are aware they are off task!

  2. Thank you, Marie, for stopping by! I hop you try the music box. :)

  3. Peggy - your music box idea is brillant! I am going to try and figure out a way to do that in the next 14 days OR stash that idea away for next year for sure! You are so talented my friend!
    Teaching and Much Moore