That's right - suspense!
People of all ages love a good mystery... kids even more so.
So one of the little systems I have in my classroom is a Secret Box.
Using a very fashionable shoe box (I'm all for recycling!), I started collecting various knick knacks - some real gems like ice-cream coupons and chocolate bars, some fun flukes like heart-shaped balloons and tiny pieces of wrapped candy. Anytime I see something I think would be interesting to add to the box, I do one of these two options:
- Put it in the box secretly.
- Make a big show out of putting it into the box so the kids know something interesting is going in.
My Secret Box is a veritable stash of good fun, and can be used for different situations:
- To accompany certificates during my monthly class award presentation,
- Random lucky draws from the Caught Doing Good jar (more about that in this post),
- Student of the Week
I will add a picture to this post soon - camera's not in use right now.
In the meantime, why not start your own secret box?
If you do, please link up to this post (if you have a blog) with pictures etc... or just sign my guestbook/write a comment about YOUR Secret Box, tell me what novel items you placed in it, and what your students' reactions were.
By the way, try it with any age group - you'd be surprised at the results! ;)