I’m back to tell you about some ways I try to keep my students motivated while preparing for STAAR (Texas state assessment).
One of the tools I use in my classroom is punch cards. We do A LOT of practice leading up to the STAAR test and it is important that the practice be meaningful. Unless students are working to their full potential and using the strategies I have taught them, time is being wasted. To help keep them focused and motivated I use punch cards. This year I’ve changed the punch cards to fit our STAAR Wars theme.
In order to receive punches, students MUST show their work. They have the opportunity to earn the following punches:
- 3 punches – 100
- 2 punches – A
- 1 punch – B
Once they fill up the entire card, I offer them money from our classroom economy.
If you think your students would benefit from using these free punch cards, you can download them from here.
Using too many worksheets during review time is boring for ME, so I know the kids are bored too! I like to change things up a bit by playing a variety of different games. PowerPoint games are my favorite because we can play as a whole class and there are plenty of opportunities for meaningful discussions. Here’s a game I created to review fractions that fits our STAAR Wars theme. *For some reason the image for the video looks crummy! When I click on it to start the video, the resolution improves.*
This PowerPoint game can be found on TpT.
I hope I have given you some ideas that you can use in your classroom. I’ll be back with more STAAR Wars ideas soon.