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!