Each quarter I add up all the kids' required Accelerated Reader points, add fifty, and say if you can earn these points by the end of the quarter, we'll have a reward day. For the first time in seven quarters (times 2 classes) someone did it. But we're in rev-up to high-stakes testing mode, then we're actually going to administer the tests, and I cannot justify taking the time to celebrate our achievement with junk food right now. However, if I put it off too long, the shine wears off, they forget why they earned it, and the whole thing is anti-climatic. Oh! Who will guide me through these narrow channels?
I think I found a solution: Monday is the "Day Without An Immigrant" protest in California. I'm estimating 50% of the kids will choose to exercise their political will by marching or staying home. This obviously puts a damper on potential learning so... What if I schedule the reward day for Monday?
It fits so well, but I feel snide and snarky doing it. I don't know.
Update: I'm not having the reward day on Monday. Two weeks from now.
E: Yo Mr. [TMAO], you ever been shot?
E: You ever been shot at?
ME: No. Why?
E: Cuz I was. Last weekend.
ME: What? What happened?
E: We were walking and this guy went crazy and started shooting. He hit my friend.
ME: What? Is he okay?
E: He's dead.
::bell rings, brunch ends, kid leaves, 30 new kids walk in, class starts::
But according to the commenters over at this site, low-IQ drives the low academic achievement in low-income communities.