It has been awhile since I last wrote a blog. I've been crazy busy as a dorm parent with almost 30 kids on my floor alone.
The kids are great. There are a few challenge with this job however; keeping the kids entertained.
I am proud to say that I have done a great job when it comes to encouraging the kids to be on the floor. Fewer kids want to sign out on the weekends and this is a good thing.
However, we were still lacking other motivators. So I decided to create a few championships and games. The first championship has to do with putting together 24 piece puzzles.
At any time a student can come to me and say "I'm ready to do the puzzle challenge." I sit with them then I time them. They get 2 chances and get to record their lowest time. Once a week I hand out certificates to those who have the lowest time.
This week I worked on something new. I created a game that requires a 1 minute timer, a ball, a plate and a few other things.
Each entry has a point value that is color coded. The goal is to add up your points as you play. This promotes mental math. If the ball falls off the plate, you lose half your points and put the ball back on the start plate. This all happens very fast and the students get to keep track of their own points. The largest point value wins the game. The game usually lasts about 2 weeks.
Above you will find a picture of what I made and below you will find a short video of the kids practicing with it.