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Increase student intrinsic and extrinsic motivation through various reward systems based on in-class and standardized testing performance.

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Motivating for Civics Success

School:
Seminole Middle School 
Subject:
Social Studies 
Teacher:
Matt Clay 
Students Impacted:
144 
Grade:
Date:
October 18, 2016

Investors

Thank you to the following investors for funding this grant.

 

Michele Grego - $20.00

Private Donor - $50.00

Pinellas Education Foundation - $130.00

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Goal

Increase student intrinsic and extrinsic motivation through various reward systems based on in-class and standardized testing performance. 

 

What will be done with my students

Students who show any level growth in their class average during the grading period will receive small rewards such as candy, chips, etc.

The class with the highest overall average for each grading period will be rewarded with a breakfast or lunch party to celebrate their collective effort and growth throughout the grading period.

Reward systems will be adapted by class section, grading period, and levels of performance as needed at the teacher's discretion. 

 

Benefits to my students

Encouraging growth and improved performance through the use of rewards creates a higher level of motivation in most students. With an increase in motivation comes an improvement in effort and performance.

In a course such as Civics, motivation and enthusiasm are sometimes hard to grow intrinsically in students. With the ability to extrinsically motivate all students with rewards, students will take the course more seriously, enjoy the competition between classes, and thus create an intrinsic motivation for success in the course. 

 

Describe the Students

Each of my classes has a variety of student as Civics is a mixed-ability course. Each class has a number of Students with Learning Disabilities, Gifted students, English Language Learners, and different Socio-economic backgrounds. 

 

Budget Narrative

Candy and chips/snacks will be individual performance rewards for all students receiving an A, B, or C in Civics for the first 9-Weeks. Bulk boxes of 50+ candy bars and packs average about $32+tax.

Chips will be used for the same purpose and packages of 50 averaging $11+tax.

The Chic-Fil-A Catered lunch will be provided for the class (out of 7) that completed the 1st grading period with the highest overall class average (3rd Period- 95%) This class has 22 students, one being a vegetarian (will need a separate salad). I'm unsure of the exact cost of a catered lunch for this amount of students, however any addition/leftover funds will be directed toward the purchase of additional rewards for the 2nd grading period. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Mars Candy in a Ready to Display Counter Unit $36.00
2 Frito-Lay Flavor Mix Chips and Snacks Variety Pack $14.00
3 Mars Candy in a Ready to Display Counter Unit $36.00
4 Frito-Lay Flavor Mix Chips and Snacks Variety Pack $14.00
5 Chic-Fil-A Catered Lunch $100.00
  Total: $200.00

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