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2019

Update: You can check out all of the contest winners on Teach.Learn.Grow and other entrants here.

Greetings!

 

This week, we’re going to continue featuring entrants to our recent contest for teachers who inspire their kids to grow. So many teachers are coming up with new ways to keep their students engaged with MAP Growth, we want to honor all of them. Here are this week’s teachers!

 

  • Kim Kellum, a Secondary Teacher at Bethany Christian School, share this with us: “We are using our profits from the snack program to buy movie passes for Junior High students who score at least two points above the winter test score in all subjects. For High School, we told them if they score where they should be for their grade level in each subject, they would also get a movie pass!”  

  • Amy Stark from Warner Christian Academy wrote: “I try to keep my students motivated with their MAP success by having them fill out a Goal Score Sheet after each test.  By doing this, it gives the students a visual of where they are and helps to motivate them to where they want to be on the next test. I teach them how to compare their score to the Goal Score and that they want to see an increase in points by about 3-4 on each of the test’s overall scores for Fall, Winter, and Spring.

  • Mary Karbowski from the Diocese of St. Petersburg – Holy Family Catholic School told us, “I inspire my students to connect with MAP Growth testing by putting up our Data Tree in the hallway and encouraging the children to try and get higher up in the tree. As we added Winter and Spring data, we changed our leaves to nests and put different colored owls in the nests to represent the different data from winter and spring. Many of the children were so excited and wanted to see more owls higher up in the tree for each of the tests. Growth was phenomenal!

 

See you next week with more inspiring teachers!

Update: You can check out all of the contest winners on Teach.Learn.Grow and other entrants here.

 

Greetings!

 

Recently, we held a contest asking educators to nominate teachers who find creative and innovative ways to engage their kids in their own academic growth. The outpouring of submissions was incredible, and we heard from schools all over with stories of how teachers are going above and beyond to get their kids excited about setting and meeting growth goals. You can read about the winners here--and we're also featuring the runners-up on a weekly basis, because every submission we got reflects the passion teachers are putting forth (and ideas this big should be shared).

 

This week, we're honoring several teachers at Benton Harbor Charter School Academy in Benton Harbor, Michigan. We received several entries from literacy coach Shaya Helbig, who told us about the amazing work her colleagues are doing: 

 

  • Nicole Dudley motivates her students to reach their MAP Growth goals by holding a celebration day, with a pizza party and festivities for students who meet or exceed their goals. The students with the top three scores and the top three best growth also get candy bars!
  • P.E. teacher Ashley Buyce motivates her students to connect with MAP Growth by giving students who attained or exceeded their goals a star on their chart toward earning prizes. She’s also organizing an Arcade Day in gym for all classes that have 75% or more of their students meet their goals!
  • Third-grade teacher Zoe Michael has goal sheets posted on students desks. Every day, they discuss what their goals are, and what they can do to reach them. On testing day, she brings in a hot breakfast for them to help them get prepared. After testing, she has a pizza party for students who attained or exceeded their goals. She also has candy bars for students who made gains, but didn't quite attain their goals.
  • Second-grade teacher Katherine Schaub has an ice cream party for her students who attained or exceeded their goals. She’s also decorating her hallway bulletin board with balloons with her students’ specific goals on them!
  • First-grade teacher Tanzania Lawrence motivates her students to reach their growth goals with a party! She provides hot dogs, chips, and juice for her students who met or exceeded their goals.
  • Fourth-grade teacher Sheetal Bhat keeps her students motivated to meet their growth goals with a pizza and ice cream party for students who attained or exceeded their goals.
  • Sixth-grade teacher Wendy Badeau motivates her students to reach their MAP Growth goals with an ice cream party for her students who attained or exceeded their goals.
  • Second-grade teacher Heidi Rupley holds a tie-dye and popsicle party for her students who attained or exceeded their goals!
  • Sixth-grade teacher Erin Stanfill makes a hot breakfast for all of her students who make or exceed their goals!

 

Check back next week for more!

Update: You can check out all of the contest winners on Teach.Learn.Grow and other entrants here.

 

Hello again! Thank you to everyone who submitted entries in our Teacher Appreciation contest! We received so many incredible nominations—it’s a powerful thing to see so many teachers finding innovative new ways to get their kids excited about growth. In fact, we got so many great nominations that we want to share them with the whole community.

 

Each week, we’ll be posting a few entrants so we can celebrate how these educators are getting creative about keeping their students engaged. So without further ado, let’s get started!

 

Missi Claycomb, a high school teacher at Bridge Builder Academy in Richardson, Texas, took an approach that speaks to the internet generation: cats. Here’s how her colleague Jessica Bialowas explained it to us.

 

Like many schools, we give our students pencils with positive sayings on them during MAP Growth testing. Our high school students aren't impressed with this as a motivator, so Missi came up with a way to entice them. She attached spoons with a picture of a cat, tiny marshmallows, and a tiny target—giving the high school kids “cat-apults”! They make the students smile and relax before heading into testing. I really like this creative idea!

 

 

 

Kim Kellum, a secondary teacher at Bethany Christian School, found an incentive her students are really into: movie tickets.

 

We are using our profits from the snack program to buy movie passes for junior high students who score at least two points above the winter test score in all subjects. For high school, we told them if they met their grade-level targets in each subject, they would also get a movie pass.

 

Check back next week for more!