If teachers observe students using the school values of Pride, Opportunity, Whanāu, Excellence and Respect three times in a day they receive a Tokarewa Sticker for showing POWER. These stickers are put into a booklet and rewards are given to celebrate when students receive a certain amount of stickers. In an earlier blog post Gwen Bowler has outlined how the Tokarewa Programme works. Paula Farquhar explained that she wanted to inject a "bit of oomph" into the giving out of stickers so students could receive rewards faster. Just what we needed to motivate a bit of enthusiasm into the dreary wet week we were going to have.
Doubling the Tokarewa Stickers fitted perfectly into our Mathematics Programme. Students kept a tally of how many stickers they were going to receive for the day and doubled it. They practiced their counting on strategies to work out how many more stickers were needed to receive a reward. The students made up word problems for each other to solve. This included calculating how many stickers they would get for the week if they got so many stickers each day.
Decisions needed to be made about what colour stickers the students wanted for their booklets. The different options they chose included all the same colour, halving the amount between two colours, creating a repeating pattern or having all of the colours.
Room 13 thought Mrs Farquhar’s double it idea was brilliant. How do we let her know we loved it so much? How do we get her to do it again?
It was time to practise our persuasive writing in the form of a letter. Persuasive writing is when the writer wants the reader to think in a certain way.