Saturday, October 12, 2013

Spark Student Motivation-Flashlight Friday

This is my first time to link up with Joanne @ Head over Heels for Teaching for Spark Student Motivation!

What do you do to get your students excited about reading?  Well, I’ve discovered that all it takes is a mini flashlight. Before I stepped into the 21st century, I use to read real books made of paper.  Thanks to my wonderful husband, I now have a super cool Kindle Fire!  Anyway, I like to read in bed at night, but my hubby didn’t appreciate it when he was trying to sleep.  One night, he asked me to turn off the light & I told him that I was reading.  So, he reached over into his nightstand & handed me a small flashlight. Then, it hit me…give my students flashlights to read with.  This turned into what I call “Flashlight Friday”.  Each student is given their own mini flashlight and we turn off the lights.  The kids LOVE it!!!  I’m sure this is NOT an original idea, but its fun and I wanted to share it with you.

Each new school year, I purchase a class set of mini flashlights from Oriental Trading. Why do I buy them?  Just imagine what kind of flashlights the students would bring from home.   

Someone could seriously get hurt with one of these…

But, no one is going to get hurt with one of these…

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  1. That's a great idea! I'm always trying to convert those few students into my "flashlight" readers and I never thought to purchase a set of flashlights!

    Thanks for sharing!
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    1. Thanks! I will be honest, they aren't super high quality flashlights. However, if the kids take care of them they can last the entire school year. There's been times that I've had to purchase another dozen after the first semester, but they aren't that expensive.

  2. Fun! Flashlights would definitely get the kids excited about reading!


    1. Flashlight Friday is the one day that the kids are the most engaged in their independent reading book. Crazy how all it takes is a little flashlight.

  3. L~O~V~E Flashlight Friday! Brilliant! I give my students book lights as prizes, but I love everyone having their own and doing it on a special day! Totally copying! Thanks for sharing and linking up!
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