Russell was crying on Wednesday since he didn’t get star of today. star of today is our daily reward for our student. students get 4 star card in the morning if they finished the daily diary and already sign by their parents (mom or dad). we will add their star card if they can answer the question or follow our instruction or finished their lunch. But if they do the opposites such as keep talking during the lesson, walking around, joking or cant focused on doing the task, we will give them 1st until 3rd reminder and then we will take their star card. We can also take the star card if they are running or doing dangerous thing such as hitting, kicking or hurting their friend.
Not only Russell, we have 18 other kids that also wants to be our star of today. “Star of today” is their proud. Though after that they had to return their star card again to us, but still, they are really proud to be star of today. we have two kids that always get the star of today, Russell and Virly. They can answer most of our question because they are smart. They can also act very nicely to us. But sometimes Russell still have to take turn and get reminder from the teacher since sometimes he’s still running around or cant be focused with the lesson (but he still can answer the question). At this time, usually Russell didn’t get the card, sometime’s he’s card even taken by the teacher.
I remember in my previous class, my partner introduced me with this kind of reward. Its called smile card. Same rules, we give the card if they finished the daily diary and this card could be added or even taken by the teacher. Sometimes we give 5 extra smile card if they can act nicely for the whole day. They will get thumbs from us if they can get thumbs from all the teacher that teach in that day. so they had to act nicely and listen to the teacher in order to get these thumbs from us at the end of the day. And its really helps us. Each day they asked us, how is our class for today miss?? If they got 2 thumbs from the us, they will shout happily because they will get 5 extra smile card. But different with our class now, we didn’t announce the best student of today. Only adding 5 smile card for them by writing it.
We didn’t provide sticker or stamps, but only a card that will be given back in the end of our days. Star car, smile card, or whatever it called, sometimes it helps our students to do their best. We are not to generous to share the card, but we also not so easily to take the card. We really strict to the students that can act appropriately in that day. So it is depend on the students itself. We will generously share the card during the quizzes and take the card if they are really can not listen to our instruction. But 1-3 reminder itself already helps us to “threat” our kids. We also try to give it alternately to our student. Not only for Russell and Virly, we try our best to give the card to the middle level student by give one cad if they helps their friend, if they can sits nicely or else. If we have quizzes, we give chances to all of our students to answer the question.
One thing that I remember, kids always want to try their best to be a star in our eyes. That’s why we have to give them a chance to prove that they can be our star. Not only by giving medals or else, but by saying “you are our star of today” that’ll make them proud and encourage them do do their best in another day.