This was our first week trying a new motivational system for remote learning. During the course of the week, students earned 34 beans for participating in project-based/community activities (ie: doing and sharing creative writing), and 42 beans for completing assignments. In total, they earned 76 beans this week! Here’s what the Bean Jar looks like now:
The “Last Week’s Beans” jar actually contains all of the beans that students have earned since our last party, which was in December 2019.
Once the jar is full, we’ll have a virtual party on hangouts, before which we will mail some sort of baked good or other treat to everyone’s house! We’re hoping this might help motivate folks to do work, and that it will help keep our community spaces thriving. Students will have some opportunities to earn beans over April break as well.
During April Vacation this week (April 20th-April 24th), there will be no teacher office hours or correcting. Students should take a week off from completing new school work, as we don’t want them to get too far ahead without having any corrections or help, and us teachers don’t want to come back to a huge backlog of work to correct next Monday. Therefore, we won’t be awarding beans for completed work this week. However, there are still plenty of projects and activities that students can do this week, all of which will earn beans for the jar, and will hopefully keep your kids engaged during the week: