Last night I made my first attempt at being a better “manager” or “leader” of people. At our weekly team meeting/class, I did a get-to-know you activity (which made me realize there were still people in the class who did not know some of the coaches’ names…in week 10) and then did a motivational activity. The motivational activity focused on expectations. We did student expectations of themselves, their peers and their coaches and also did coach expectations of themselves, their peers and their students. It was not necessarily revealing as none of the information really surprised me, but I do think it was a good exercise to get the expectations out in the open and communicated. My plan is to now make a poster/sign of the repeated expectations and post it in the squad room. I think it was helpful if for no other reason but to make students feel heard and respected.
My next idea for motivation I’ve had in the hopper since the beginning of the year, but never implemented. I think now is the right time. I got the idea off of Pinterest and I really like it a lot. It is simple, but meaningful and it is self-generating. It is the Motivation Wall and I am going to put different sizes of colored construction paper and colored pens in a box by the bulletin board and let the students go at it. I love the idea of seeing what they come up with for motivating themselves and others! I will try to remember to take a picture once it gets rolling.