Sparking Student Motivation: Flashlight Friday! - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Sparking Student Motivation: Flashlight Friday!

Time to link up with my BBB Joanne for another motivational activity!! Yesterday, I shared a few things we did over the course of the week. Halloween week is usually always crazy, but my kids had one of their best weeks in a while, behavior-wise, and I am going to attribute it to all the really fun things we did and me telling them we would stop if they couldn't handle it. I could hear them helping each other with behavior- like, "shhhh, Ms. Ivey will turn the lights on!"

Apparently my kids love being in the dark! LOL We had glow stick writing on Thursday, and then yesterday, we had Flashlight Friday during Reading! I got the idea for Flashlight Friday from Joanne a couple weeks ago and knew I had to do it.
My kids have all been trying really hard to meet their AR goals, so I let EVERYONE have Flashlight Friday yesterday.
I told them we would be doing Flashlight Friday every other week after an AR goal check in! As long as they are showing me they are improving since the last check-in, they'd get to participate. (So students who don't take a test, or who are consistently failing the tests they are taking will have to read in another classroom that day.)
They were all so engaged and excited, I am really hoping it will motivate those few who aren't reading like they should for their AR goal. I'm only asking for improvement from the last checkpoint and not a certain number of points because we have a class reward for the students who meet their AR goal at the end of the nine weeks. This way, students are still getting rewarded for trying even if they don't meet their goal by the end.

What are you doing to motivate your students? Go link up with Head Over Heels For Teaching and share! :)


  1. Thanks for the shout out BBB! Isn't Flashing Friday the BEST??!! I love only doing it on Fridays because it gives them something to look forward to and it makes it special because it's not every day. I'm so glad you and your students enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing and linking up! Happy Saturday!
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  2. This is so cool! I really wish my classroom got dark enough for flashlights:(.

  3. I'm glad your week went well. Glow stick and flashlights sound like great motivators! We had a huge assembly this past Friday, but I'm going to give "Flashlight Friday" a try next week.

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  4. Love Flashlight fun that would be! Now I'm going to be on the lookout for flashlights!

  5. I love Flashlight Fridays! A couple of classrooms in my school also do Flashlight Fridays. The kids enjoy it sooo much!
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  6. What a cute way to motivate the kids! I bet it helps them feel like they're in their own little world and can get lost in a book. I'll have to think of a goal I want them to reach in order to earn this. :)

  7. Ugh...I don't teach reading, so maybe we'll have flashlight math facts or something! :) LOL!
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  8. This is excellent. Just curious, but how did you get the room so dark (no windows). I should totally copy you (and I might) because my room is a cave with only one window to the hallway. My students would go bonkers for this.

    thanks for sharing
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