I had an idea for a positive way to motivate student achievement. It's nothing complicated, but if implemented well, it could be that extra kick to get some kids going. Here's how the "Wall of Can" (or whatever you want to call it) works:
1) I decided to use sticky notes on one of my boards at the front of the class, though you could really choose anywhere. Divide it into two sections - Can't/Can or Goal/Accomplished, etc.
2) Have the students pick a small, easily accomplished task. It does need to be something they have to practice to be able to do.
- I actually chose to do a short term and a long term goal.
3) Once they can do the task, move it over to the other side. You could even have little celebrations when it happens.
(students add a new task when they move something to the "can" side)
Couple of notes:
A) This is a great way to work on self-motivation, teaching the kids about incremental progress.
B) Yes, this is similar to pass offs. And you can even do it as pass offs. For me, it's separate. Students get to choose what they're working on.
C) You get a great snapshot of what they think they need to work on.
D) Students can motivate/help each other.
E) Great to walk up to the board at any given moment and say, "Hey Bob, how's that Db scale going!?"