I had to laugh at the enthusiasm I received from the words “teacher’s helper” this week. When I said it earlier in the week, I heard squealing and saw jumping up and down.
We started school on Monday, and with our new school room we are loving it! I wanted to find a way to help the kids keep their desks clean, so I decided to look them over each day and put a check under their name on the board for each day it was acceptable. By the end of the week, the person (or people) with the most checks would get a small prize. I listed off a couple of options, including a piece of candy, but got no reaction until I got to “teacher’s helper”. They decided that this would be the best prize.
“If you keep your desks clean all week, you can help Mommy clean up the school room on Friday.” If I had said these words, they would have stared at me like I was crazy. I might have even gotten a moan or groan out of them. BUT since I gave the job a special name, they were so excited that they were begging to win!
This week, Clare managed to pull out the win and she will be my teacher’s helper today. So if you have a job you want the kids help with, give it a really cool name and see if you can build some excitement for it. You might be surprised like I was!