Bring on the school year! All of my new studio incentive materials are back from the printer and ready to find their way into the hands of my students. For any of you looking for incentive ideas, here’s a look at what we’re doing this year:
This new studio incentive is a little bit “Mission: Impossible” and a little bit “Amazing Race.” Each student receives a game board with a list of musical tasks they must complete. They’ll attempt to make it all the way around the world by the end of the school year!
The maps are printed on 11 x 17″ (tabloid size) paper. Each of my students has a 3-ring assignment binder with a clear cover, so they can either insert the map under the outside cover of their binder, wrapping it around the front, spine and back, or fold it in half and store in a clear page protector inside the binder. For every task students complete, they’ll get to add a colored star sticker to their map. Some tasks have a blank that I can fill in to customize them for individual students. At one stop on each continent, students will have the choice between two similar tasks they may opt to complete.
Along the way, students will have the opportunity to earn Virtuoso Visas for exceptional work. Once they have accumulated 4 Visas, they may be turned in for a free pass on any one task on the map. (Many thanks to Wendy at ComposeCreate for the idea for these! I’ve been anxious to try something like this with my students since I had the opportunity to hear her present a workshop this spring where she shared about the Certificate of Artistry cards she was using in her studio.)
It just wouldn’t seem right to issue a Visa without stamping it, so I found these great little stamps we can use to “Approve” the Visas when they are issued, then mark them as “Expired” when students turn them (that way they can still keep them if they’d like). I ordered my stamps from this online company.
Last year, I opted not to use any kind of studio decorations or public tracking chart where students could follow each other’s progress, and some of my students really seemed to miss the thrill of a little friendly competition! When they arrive this fall, they’ll see this as they walk into the studio:
When students complete all 3 tasks on any given continent, they’ll get to post their name on the map. If you look really closely at the picture above, you’ll see a couple of name stars – one on the US and one on Australia. I looked high and low for removable stickers or post-it notes we could use on the map, and finally decided just to make my own, with these removable label pads I found at a local office supply store (they come in other colors, as well):
All of the files for the incentive are available for download on the Studio Aids page. They’re available in both PDF and MS Publisher formats, so for any of you who have Publisher and want to edit or adapt anything, feel free!