At the end of the week, students who have done their 'personal best' on both class and homework assignments are 'in the game'. Each child gets to roll the dice and move around the game board. The lucky ones land on spaces that reward them with iPad passes, free art or computer time, or a chance to draw from the Community Lunchbox deck. Cards in the Lunchbox include rewards such as lunch in the classroom, homework passes, and extra recess. Of course, a student might land on a Chance space. If that happens, I give them the option of drawing a card or passing as not all Chance cards are rewards. Last week, Angela drew a Chance card and spent her recess cleaning the desktops in her table group. She was a great sport about it and several group members even offered to help her.
Tanneropoly. Is it working because it's a novelty? Maybe. Two things are certain though: the quality of work has improved and the kids are having fun! For the time being, I see it as a win-win.