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Prizes on my budget?

Prizes are the biggest motivator of all.  After all we work for our paycheck, why wouldn't our EL students?  If you tell your students they are going to fail if they do not do their homework, their usual remark is "so."  Stop the failure cycle!  If you tell your students that if they do all their homework for the week they will earn a prize, suddenly everyone is a super-genius.  Students will work for a tic-tac. Homemade candies and cookies are always a great prize to win.  Motivational prizes are in your EL budget.  Use it. 

Distributing Prizes Tips:

  1. Have the kids earn a ticket for every assignment that they do.  At the end of the day or week, have them cash them in.
  2. If you have bigger prizes, have them collect their tickets to be used in a drawing.

Ideas...
MINI HUGGING BEAN BAG ANIMALSPLUSH NEON DINOSAURSCHOCOLATE GOLD COINS (24 BAGS)
SKITTLES & STARBURST FUN SACK (48-OZ)GUMMY MINI PIZZAS (LB)PLASTIC BOBBING HEAD DOGS
PEARLIZED SQUISHY DINOSAURS (4DZ)8CARNIVAL POPS
5-LB KIDDIE MIX CANDY ASSORTMENTSKITTLES FUN SIZE (1LB)PEWETER FINISH HEART TEACHER KEY CHAINS
PILL PUZZLE KEY CHAINSMINI MAGIC CUBE PUZZLE KEY CHAINSSTAMP ASSORTMENT (50PC)
FOAM TROPICAL CRAFT STAMPSRAINBOW MINI ERASERSHIBISCUS PRINT PENCILS

Need more great ideas for prizes?
 

The best prize is a field trip for your students.  Every year I take my kids to Universal Studios Hollywood to see an educational program called, "Homeboy Goes to Harvard."  Guess what.  It's in the budget.

(Motivational)

A former third generation gang member, Richard Santana, reveals his journey from drugs, crime and violence to the hallowed halls of Harvard University. Richard uses personal life experiences to illustrate his former destructive attitudes and behaviors.

Recommended for grades 9 - 12, presented by Jostens Speakers Bureau.

http://usrg-edu.universalstudios.com/