For those of you who blog religiously, how do you help yourself stay on a schedule? Do you write ahead of time and then release them one at a time?
Anyway, speaking of letting good intentions slip away and bad habits creep into the picture....I find that the holiday season is where good homework and study habits go to die. Personally, the holidays present a perfect opportunity for me to not only make excuses for my students, but also make excuses for myself. Here are some prime examples....
"It's really too cold outside to grade papers"
"Oh, you had to make Christmas cookies last night so you didn't get to your writing. Did you bring me some? Okay, no problem..."
"Hm...does Black Friday shopping count as math? Sure, that sounds reasonable!"
Any-hoo, you can catch my drift. So what's a teacher to do?
When I taught 2nd grade, I was into fairies. The desk fairy, the writing fairy, the handwriting fairy....you name it, I had a fairy for it. I even dressed up as the desk fairy for Halloween one year and yes, I hung an organized seatback from my body and carried around a wand with a Clorox label stuck to it. Huge hit.
My kids ate it up, but sometimes I did wonder if my classroom boys were offended by all these references to little pink fairies in tutus judging their work and their organizational skills....so I thought, and thought
ENTER the HOMEWORK KNIGHT!!
The Homework Knight serves the same purpose as my fairy friends listed above. He will periodically ride into your classroom at night on his trusty steed and inspect the caliber of homework that was handed in that night. If he is impressed by the quality of the work, he will staple a small token to the homework assignment.
I would LOVE to offer this item as a freebie, since it really helped me with homework completion, but copyright on the clipart requires that I SELL the items I create with it instead of offering as a freebie. You are free to recreate using your own clip art or if you are interested in purchasing the pack, you can buy it here on TpT. If you do decide to recreate this idea using your own clip art, I do ask that you refrain some reselling on tpt or tn since it is part of a larger for-sale packet of mine. It's called part of the Organized Student Series and focus on homeroom routines. Here's a closer look at what you get if you do decide to purchase.
Here are some sweet freebs (did I just abbreviate freebies? Woof.) for the holiday season! Click and download!