As a general rule I am not sure how I feel about Freedom Fridays as a behaviour incentive for the duration of the school year, but for these last few weeks I think it will work wonders to keep everyone (me) happy!
This is what the Freedom Friday board looks like in my room. I just used those markers that can write on the board and only come off with water. Fancy, right?
Then I had my students work in groups to brainstorm all the ways they could earn a letter towards getting Freedom Friday (a free period for games etc) and what they might do to lose a previously earned letter. There were some great conversations going on in my room today! I heard things like, "Mrs. Lyons is always reminding us to do ______ so it must be important!" (That one made me giggle a little) We also had a quick review on how to brainstorm- take down every idea that is given and talk about it after you have run out of ideas.
I was also impressed by how focused my students were on the task...nothing like the allure of a little free time to get students motivated! Already today my students earned three letters (you can see two check marks in the first picture) and I didn't need to nag or remind anyone to do anything!
Ahhhh, bring on the next 24 days!