Thursday, May 2, 2013

Keeping 'Em Motivated GIVEAWAY

Are you in the final weeks of the school year? 
Is student motivation starting to slip as Spring Fever takes over your classroom? 

I have just the solution to keep those students motivated 
(and a great giveaway to go with it!) 

AWESOME giveaway for K-1 teachers!


My secret to maintaining student motivation can be summed up in two little words: 
FIRST GRADE. 

There is something so magical about that phrase in May. All I have to do is mention the next grade level and my students sit a little taller, look me right in the eye, and fold their hands in their laps. I'm not kidding! 
(In fairness, I think I have the sweetest students ever, but still... it IS pretty amazing!)

I am an opportunist, so I use this expression whenever I can. Here are just a few classroom tasks that I have successfully tricked motivated my students into doing their best at:
  • printing properly
  • coloring neatly
  • working quietly
  • drawing detailed pictures
  • listening attentively
  • walking quietly down the hall

The quality of my students' work has actually IMPROVED dramatically during the past few weeks. To keep the motivation up, I have been writing "First Grade Quality" on the work they turn in that is the result of their very best effort.

I recently decided to take this mindset to the next level and have a little fun on Vistaprint. I made a custom stamp for my classroom that says "First Grade Quality!" Now, instead of a handwritten message from me acknowledging a job well done, my students get a VERY official-looking stamp on their paper. What's not to love?

"First Grade Quality" stamp ...keep students motivated at the end of the year

The Giveaway

How would you like to have a fun stamp like this for your own classroom?
I am giving away one "First Grade Quality" stamp (for a Kindergarten teacher) and one "Second Grade Quality" stamp (for a First Grade Teacher).

Scroll down to the desired Rafflecopter below for your chance to WIN!

enter to WIN this stamp to keep kindergarten students motivated
a Rafflecopter giveaway



enter to WIN this stamp to keep kindergarten students motivated
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck everyone! I am SO excited I can't wait to see who the winners are!
How many days 'til summer vacation? 


84 comments:

  1. Our last day is June 26th in NY. I have a K/1 bridge class so these stamps are perfect.

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  2. I love, love, love this!!!! Our last day of school is May 21st.

    Even if I don't win I'm going to whip one of these up for myself--- great, great idea, Maria!!!

    Brittany
    Closing the Gap... in a Cute Outfit!

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  3. My last day of school is May 24th, but we might have a snow day tomorrow in Missouri, so who knows. Yikes!

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  4. Just today, I asked my students if our line was kindergarten line or a first grade line. I too and using 1st grade as a motivator.

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    1. I forgot...we get out May 31st!!!!!!

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  5. What great idea...I'm with Brittany, I may have to whip one up myself too. Our last day is June 7th.

    Terri Izatt
    KinderKapers

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  6. June 28 is our last day. That sounds like forever!

    Priscilla
    dearmswong@hotmail.com

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  7. Last day for kids is June 21st. Last day for teachers is June 24th. LOVE the stamp - what a great idea!!

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  8. Oh, my word! What a great idea! I always pull the "show me you're ready for first grade card". I also use it in the hallway around the first grade teachers, and my students always straighten up and walk so nicely!

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Carolyn
    Nurturing Noggins

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    1. I obviously need to go back to first grade for not following directions. Our last day of school is May 29th.

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  9. We're in school until June 19th this year - HOORAY for no snow days to make up!!!

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  10. Last day is May 31! Can't wait :)

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  11. I am done with school May 31st. I can't wait!

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  12. I thought June 6 was a great date to be done until I saw all of you done in May! I teach K and have been reminding my kiddos to act like First graders. 22.lrosloniec@nhamail.com

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  13. Our last day is May 30th! so close!

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  14. Our last day is June 11th! I try not to count down because then it seems to take even longer!!! My kinders are rocking it this year...showing the first graders how to walk quietly in the hall!

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  15. June 7th. My kids would love this!

    Crystal Shepherd
    lucytumnus@gmail.com
    The lamppost in 1st grade math

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  16. Our last day of school is May 24, half day! So ready to be on the boat this summer but will miss this wonderful class!

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  17. June 7th is the end of the school year.

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  18. My last day of school is June 21st. dbednarsk@yahoo.com

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  19. Our last day is May 23. Love your idea!
    Michelle
    mcoop1125@gmail.com

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  20. My last day is June 7th, 24 days to go.
    If I win, I would really need the 2nd grade stamp. I didn't realize there were 2 rafflecopters and started filling out the first 1. Then I saw the second grade 1. oops!
    That stamp is great! I am always using that terminology at the end of the year.
    Jessica
    Tales of a First Grade Teacher

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  21. My last day is either May 23 or 24th.. I can't remember right now! I love this stamp. It's too cute!

    Sarah

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  22. Love this stamp!!! msemmasedventure@gmail.com Last Day of school is June 14

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  23. I LOVE the stamp! I NEED that stamp! LOL! Thanks for the opportunity to win! My last day is June 6.
    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter
    luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  24. Our last day of school is May 30. So close!

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  25. Awesome idea! I also use the first grade card the last month of the school year and have noticed a great improvement in student effort/work. Never thought of making a stamp. Thanks for sharing! Our last day of school is June 6th.

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  26. This looks great! Our last day is June 7....

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  27. My last day is June 4! ilovekdgt@gmail.com
    Sara
    Polka Dot Kinders

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  28. It's so true!! They really do sit alittle bit taller when you mention 2nd grade :) would love this!

    Ashley Sanderson
    Flying High in First Grade

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    1. And my last day is June 7! Can't come fast enough!

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  29. Our last day is June 20th....still a while to go!
    Lslouka@msn.com

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  30. Our last day is June 11. We were on strike for two weeks in October so our year is running late...

    Love the stamp! What an awesome idea! :D

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  31. This is such a great idea! Love it! -Sarah Doyle

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  32. my last day of school is june 24th! love these stamps!!!!
    katie.neustadter@gmail.com

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  33. What a fun giveaway! We are out on May 31st!
    -Andrea
    simmonsa1@sfusd.edu
    cielobella@aol.com

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  34. I love this stamp! My last day is June 7th!
    Cheryl
    crayonsandcurls(at)gmail(dot)com
    Crayons and Curls

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  35. Fun stamp idea! The students' last day for us is June 13.
    lorepuckett at verizon dot net

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  36. Our last day is May 28th for our students but May 30th for teachers! :) veronica.varela@live.com

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  37. May 29th and then I start tutoring for the summer on June 3rd. I will have to get my classroom cleaned out quick! Alicia

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  38. What a great idea for getting them a little more motivated at the end of the year. Our last day is the 23rd of May. I hate saying goodbye to my little ones.

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  39. Cute idea! Our last day will be May 24th.

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  40. My last day is May 23rd! 14 Days!!!

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  41. Oh my gosh, this idea is brilliant!! Thank you! I seriously need this stamp! Our last day is June 13th - can't wait!

    Molly
    Lucky to Be in First

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  42. Love this idea...my kids were being loud in the hall and saw one of the first grade teachers and straightened right up because I told them he was looking to see who was ready for first grade. We are done May 24th-- Wahoo!

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  43. What a great idea! I love the stamp! I also tell my kinders that if they don't act like big kids, they won't get to move up to first (like I'm really going to fail them...haha) Our last day is May 31st!

    Melinda
    melchase@live.com

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  44. How Cool, I teacher kinder the last day of school June 6, 2013.
    Grace
    gbinelo@binelo.com

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  45. What a GREAT idea!
    Our last day is June 6

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  46. Super fun idea. My kiddos would LOVE this! Our last day is May 31

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  47. I love this idea! My kids would so love it!!! Our last day is June 6th.

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  48. I am teaching overseas this year and our last day is June 20. I would love to motivate my kids for the last 6 weeks!

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  49. The kids are done on the 24th. My last day is the 28th.

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  50. MY last day is June 5th! My school's is June 7...I'll be in London on my school's last day...Woot!!
    Jenny
    Owl Things First

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  51. We have 15 days to go, and I CAN'T WAIT!
    Dina
    dnhabc123@comcast.net

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  52. Our last day is June 26 wahhhh so far away!

    Justwildaboutteaching.blogspot.com

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  53. June 29th! KILL me now! I need this stamp because I have a long way to go!

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  54. My last day of school is May 31. We are going to go strong until May 30! The first grade quality stamp sounds awesome!

    Cindy

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  55. We don't end until June!! 4 more Mondays!!:)
    Amanda
    Mrs. Richardson's Class

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  56. My last day is May 24th and I have 15 days left. Then we have post-planning after having a three day weekend! UGH!!! Love the first grade stamp!
    Deb at Fabulously First

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  57. Only 3 weeks left for me! I hope I win!
    Linda
    AroundtheKampfire

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  58. June 5th for kids.... June 7th for teachers! Although I need a few extra than that for myself!

    Daina
    Sticky Notes & Glitter: A First Grade Adventure!

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  59. Summer Vacation officially begins on June 15th. Last day with kids will be on June 6th. Closing Service in June 7th...then end of the year meetings.
    Deb81992@yahoo.com

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  60. Last Day is June 12th for students, June 13th for Staff

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  61. Student last day is June 7th Teachers June 11th

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  62. Love this idea. Students' last day in June 5th and our last day is June 7th.

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  63. Our last day is June 6. Love this idea for the stamp.
    lmm
    lorimoore@satx.rr.com

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  64. May 25! WHOOP! WHOOP! wendy 1stgradefireworks@gmail.com

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  65. June 6th! Im a kindergarten teacher so this would go great!

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  66. May 30 is our last day of school, last work day is June 3 and we go back 7/30

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  67. Our last day is on June 6th... and it ends with a gigantic school wide carnival and field day!

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  68. My last day is May 30th...Then I start summer school two weeks later.

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  69. May 24th!! Thanks for a great giveaway. Such a great idea.

    April
    Wolfelicious
    kreitzer29@hotmail.com

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  70. I accidentally entered for the first grade stamp too and then realized there was the one for second grade which would be the one I would need if I won! What an awesome idea... I think this idea with definitely motivate my students! Our last day is June 7th! rmitchell@asheboro.k12.nc.us

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  71. I saw this on pinterest and hate that I missed it. I love the idea!! What font did you use for the Keeping em motivated phrase? I love it!! Thanks for this fab idea!
    Ashleybowlesreed@hotmail.com

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