I decided this year that I was going to add to my WBT strategies that I began using (with success) last year. This year, it is the Super Improver Wall. I am so excited and I know my little munchkins will be too. I had to do a bit of online research to see what and how other walls looked like. It is important that it is appealing to the children, at least mine! Here is what I came up with: a blend of a few different bloggers:
I watched the webcast.....503 and was amazed at the simplicity of this strategy. There are so many great things about the Super Improver Wall but for me, it is POSTIVE and second, it is FREE! Wow, that is always a good thing to a teachers wallet.
So this is what I have gathered through watching the webcast and reading other blogs:
1.) there are 10 levels that the children must earn their way through
2.) each level, the student can earn 10 stars; 1 for every time they show improvement in something.
a.) examples of earning stars are (K-1) sitting correctly on the rug, raising their hand to speak
improvement with fluency, handwriting, math, the possibilities are endless!!!
3.) When reaching a new level, the color of their star (index card or whatever is used) changes to the color of the level.
4.) after reaching the 4th level, take a picture of the student with some friends making funny faces. Print it out and on the next day of school, place it on the wall BACKWARDS. The student has to reach the next level (or 5 more stars) to flip over their picture. That is AWESOME! Let me hear you say "Oh Yeah"!
5.) Continue taking pictures every other level as an incentive. The students will love it.
6.) If you run out of levels...add more!
7.) You can get really creative and name your levels to correspond to the theme of your classroom (ex. dinosaurs from smallest to largest, parts of a tree starting with nut all the way to a large oak tree. Again, the possibilities are endless)
8.) The key to this strategy is that the student is not doing anything other than bettering themself. There is only one competition and that is student vs. self. How wonderful is that.
9.) After the first level is completed you can go so far as to have the student set their own personal goals to achieve. Now that is differentiated instruction if ever I have seen it!
10.) You can even tie the Universal Homework Model to the SIW (not sure yet on how that works but will soon find out)!
This is just a quick overview of the webcast and the strategy. I might not have gotten every part, but it is a good start for me. I am a firm believer in positive reinforcement instead of negative. I do not like to holler (and I do not think I did one time last year). This is only going to make my happy room even happier!
WBT is teacher HEAVEN!!!
Blessings to all,