Tiffany R., 1st grade teacher in Florida, shared a genius motivation trick that we’d never heard before – a Girls vs. Boys GoNoodle competition! Here’s how she pulls it off.
Finally, after months of ice and snow, it is sweet springtime! Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and your students are… bouncing off the walls! Welcome to Spring Fever. We teachers are in the home stretch of the school year, and if you are like me, you have used up almost everything in your ‘bag of tricks’ to help motivate your students towards good behavior. If your students have visions of beach balls and vacations dancing in their heads instead of schoolwork, GoNoodle is a wonderfully effective tool to add to your list of behavior motivators.
When I started racking my brain for something new to motivate my students during this spring fever season, I had to ask myself, what do my students love more than GoNoodle? Competition! So, I started keeping a running tally of Boys vs. Girls during the day.
Teams get points for following directions quickly, working quietly, and simply doing what they are supposed to be doing. Whoever has the most points at the end of the day gets to GoNoodle, while the losing team must sadly sit and watch (oh, the agony!). I will often do a quick count down when I ask them to put a folder away or get out their textbooks, and if someone has not done the task at the end of the countdown, the other team gets the point (talk about an attention getter when that happens!). I have never seen my class be so quick with materials! My students have also begun helping and encouraging each other after being given directions. I love the teamwork I am seeing in my class now since starting the competition.
My student’s behavior and work productivity has greatly increased since implementing this behavior game. How do you use GoNoodle in your classroom behavior plan?
PS: My boys and girls tied today! Both teams said they will work even harder to get more points to beat the other group tomorrow to make them sit and watch instead of dance. Who knew GoNoodle could make sweet little first graders so ruthless?!