In the fall I thought long about a group work "contest" to try to motivate my students to work together more effectively. The contest idea came from a Language Arts teacher who had seen a teacher at a school in Chicago use a contest strategy in his classroom. She told me that he would have the top group take a picture with an old basketball trophy and post the picture in the classroom.
I was so excited about this idea that I wanted to get my hands on a trophy immediately. I knew I had some of my own trophies but seeing they were boxed up somewhere in a different state I needed to utilize other sources. I ran down to the school office to talk to the queen of Ebay AKA our secretary and she helped me get my hands on a vintage track trophy- FOR FREE! Many thanks to the 19?? Chute Middle School track team for winning me this beauty!
So I am sure you are wondering how I determine the "golden group". Remember my group norm marbles? I keep track of the amount of marbles each group earns throughout a unit/book. The group with the most marbles earns the honors of being the golden group! Those students get a "golden group member" pencil (from oriental trading), a picture with the trophy and an invitation to a golden group donut breakfast.
Here are a couple of pictures of my first golden groups!
The pictures are first displayed outside my door so that the school can see my golden group members. I love to see students and teachers stop to look at the pictures!
I will be sure to post a new picture when my trophy gets a makeover. Since the golden G falls off about once a week the trophy is in need of some major cosmetic surgery!