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Monday, February 4, 2008

Mathathon?

Just had a little idea... wonder if it would work.

Team Lifeline ran last week in Miami. The idea of running for a cause motivated a lot of people to get fit in a way that they may have pondered before, but didn't actually do. Hey, even I considered it...

So I was thinking, what if I could get people to sponsor my students' quiz grades? Maybe they'd actually start learning? And what about behavior? I'm starting a classroom economy this week, where they earn "money" for following rules and such. I could offer to donate "maaser" of their earnings in real money. We could have a big, clear bottle in the office (classroom doesn't lock) as our goal -- Every time the bottle fills, we can go to the bank to roll the coins and send a check to a different charity. The kids can see and feel that they're doing something real.

Anyone want to make an offer?

10 comments:

Lvnsm27 said...

interesting idea you got there :)

Lvnsm27 said...

btw, love your new lay out

Scraps said...

I'll email you.

halfshared said...

Ya know, I think it could work. Good luck implementing it into school curriculum.

ProfK said...

I'm really ambivalent about paying students to learn. On the one hand it works. On the other hand it feels wrong to bribe students to do what they are supposed to be doing.

Bas~Melech said...

Prof: I think there's a big difference between paying kids to learn and making their learning contribute to tzedakah. I don't believe in bribing kids for every little thing; they have to know that some things are just their responsibility. On the other hand, they need some kind of recognition for what they do. Also, sometimes a good contest can really get kids going. Trying to raise $x as a class is, imho, a worthy, uncompetitive goal.

badforshidduchim said...

Not quite following the idea... Meaning if they get an A I donate a dollar?

Adam said...

I think that is fine as long as they have some internal understanding of why certain behaviors are important. If they are only doing it for the "external" reward once the prize is removed they won't continue the behavior. I have seen this with my own eyes when I was in school as we have one teachet that gave us prizes but after that grade none of the behavior really carried foward.

adam said...

Nice new lay out.

The Babysitter said...

that is such a smart idea, would be a great motivation for them.

I can use it now. Next semester being my last one and most important.

My father used to actually pay me a dollar for a good mark on a test, but once I started college he stopped that.