Two of them I discovered this summer at the Whole Brain Teaching Conference. They are fun ways to acknowledge a student and also a way to cheer a kiddo up if he/she makes a mistake. They are the Ten Finger Woo and It's Cool.
Ten+ Finger WooThis is the simplest way to acknowledge a student who has volunteered/shared an answer/done something awesome in my class. I use the Clip Chart for good behavior, but for quick, classroom-wide acknowledgements or to give a shout-out to a pair or small group of kids, the 10+ Finger Woo is perfect.
Then, when I was watching a super-helpful WBT video, I saw the idea of making the woo! even bigger!
Click to the 2:10 time to see it in action:
I loved it! Now, I can say to my kids, "Let's give so-and-so a 13 Finger Woo!" and my students and I will wave our ten fingers while giving one longer "woo!" and then count with fingers using short "woos" three times.
I love this variation because it forces the kids to listen carefully so they can add the right amount of ones on to the end.... and who doesn't love an activity that helps kids practice careful listening?
Oh, and it's even better when you can have the kids give themselves a 10+ Finger Woo- they point their fingers towards them and it's way cooler than giving yourself a pat on the back :)
It's CoolLovelovelove this! Do you ever die a little when a kiddo volunteers to share their answer and it's wrong? Their little shoulders drop and they probably wish they could crawl under the table for a while. Sigh... I hate that :( WBT to the rescue with "It's Cool!"
Anytime someone messes up by giving a wrong answer, simply say to them as a class, "It's cool!" in an it's-okay-because-we-all-make-mistakes-so-no-biggie kind of voice while shrugging your shoulder.
I loved presenting this to the kids because I am ALWAYS mixing things up, losing my place in a read aloud when I get lost on a
We then talk about how we always make mistakes, but that making mistakes is proof you are trying. If you are too afraid to take a risk because you're afraid you might fail, then you'll never try something new and never get to experience the thrill of success. Creating a culture of "It's cool!" when mistakes are made is a great way to build a try-new-things community and a successful year ahead.
Check out this AWESOME poster from Shannon @ technology rocks. seriously.
Read more about these strategies from WBT's website HERE.
I'm sending along a virtual 10 Finger Woo to all of you- it's almost halfway through the week! Woooo!
**UPDATE** If you're looking for some alternatives to the 10-Finger Woo!, check out this post HERE. Enjoy!