... about the things my 8th Graders LOVE! And this goes for ALL of my classes though I will say I think part of what they love is the presentation of these things.
In our classroom stickers aren't just stickers! I usually give out ONE BIG STICKER per class period. I tell the kids "I have a big sticker!" and I show them the sticker! Whenever I put a sticker on a paper I usually say whatever the phrase on the sticker is I'll say something like "I gotta tell you this work is 'Impressive'". I joke about a "decapitated monkey" sticker which is really just the head of a monkey smiling.
I usually just give out stickers for the first fifteen or so students. WHENEVER I put up the stickers the kids ALWAYS whine that they wanted to get a sticker or they didn't get a sticker! And these are thirteen and fourteen year olds!!
|This is a set that I have used before! I highly recommend animal stickers with puns!|
Another thing that surprises people fairly regularly are how much 8th graders love stuffed animals! They add a lot to the classroom environment. I use them for classroom demonstrations! I let the kids take them and sit with them during class. Various classes try to rename them but they have names that I gave them. I work at Salyards Middle School and we are the Bengals so down below you can see what I named my crew of bengals!
|From Left to Right: Benny the Bengal, Sally Salyards, and Tony the Tiger|
This is probably my most popular stuffed animal, Benjamin the Bengal.The kids USUALLY try to get into the classroom first to see who can get Benjamin first! It's pretty fun :-)
In large part in your classroom DON'T BE AFRAID TO HAVE FUN WITH THE LITTLE THINGS! The little things you let yourself have fun with your students WILL remember! :-)
Hope you are enjoying your summer!