There will always be little check grades that will earn you points to be added at the end of the quarter. These check grades may be an exit card, returning report card envelopes, or other small tasks that cannot be graded. We will also do bell ringer activities most days of the week. PLEASE DO NOT ASK FOR EXTRA EXTRA CREDIT!!!
We are also going to try something new this year!!! Students will work in assigned teams of three, or “Trios,” over the quarter grading period to occasionally complete a variety of fun, rigorous, and random tasks. At the end of the first quarter (roughly beginning of October), members of the trio team with the most points will have their lowest assignment score dropped from the grade book. For the second quarter, I’ll scramble the teams and a new round of merriment will begin. And we’ll repeat the process for the third and fourth quarters. How do you earn points for your team? Here are just a few of the ways you can earn points this quarter:
Random acts of kindness caught by staff
Caught following the Monroe Behavior Matrix
Acts of awesomeness caught by staff
No missing work for an entire week for all team members
Filling out your assignment notebook each day and getting it stamped by me before you leave
Joining one activity here at Monroe and/or something outside of school (must take photo for proof)
Taking a team selfie with a favorite staff member that at least one of you have not talked to or had as a teacher before
ELA challenges that we will do weekly.
Occasional incentive “bonus” prizes will also be offered. In addition to earning points that go into the Trio’s quarter-long tally, some challenges will include bonus prizes, such as:
Positive phone calls home to parents/guardians
donuts for the trio team members to enjoy during library reading time on Mondays.
Mystery prizes (such as candy)
Win the right to choose your next quarter's team members
Win the right to change another team's name.
Win the right to scramble the members of three other teams.
Win the right to remove three points from the tally board. (May take three from one team or one from three different teams- your choice).