Not Popsicle Sticks!!!
When I started my student teaching tens years ago, I created name bookmarks to randomly call on students. My idea was to use them much like the popsicle stick method but take it a step further. I wanted to create something that would be cost efficient, large font, and allow a good deed reward. Kazoom!!!! My idea for name bookmarks was born.
Say, no to popsicle sticks. Every school year, I create a theme bookmark to match my back to school theme. The first several years I just used Microsoft Word options. Presently, I utilize resources on TPT and PowerPoint to create unique theme bookmarks. The students are always eager to see their name being drawn out.
Use as a Reward
In addition, I use the bookmarks to reward students for kind deeds I witness or hear about (from other staff members). I explain to my students that I will not always tell them what I witness or hear but they will get a sticker added to the back of their bookmark. I emphasis that I want to know that their kindness and helpfulness is sincere not just for a reward. Therefore, that is why I don’t always tell them what I see or hear. Once the back of their bookmark is covered, I give it to them and make them a new one.
Over the years this has proven to work great for me. A few years ago, I had a former student, who is currently a ninth grader, come by to show me that she still had her bookmark from second grade. It was heartwarming to know that after all these years she still had and treasured it.
Below is a link to some example of themes I have recently used.
You may visit my Instagram for more details by watching a video I uploaded about them:https://www.instagram.com/p/BYQtGNIl0eM/?taken-by=mastermindcrafter2
Check out my post about response dials: http://mastermindcrafter.com/response-dials/