So two weeks ago (during exam week) I re-did the boards at the side of my room.
Here's the before and after:
I decided that I was going to put up a quote every week and give the kids a chance to give me feedback. Here are the options I gave them:
1. What do you think this means?
2. Do you agree? Disagree?
3. How could this apply to your life?
4. Find something out about the source.
They were to write their response on a post-it and stick it to the board. To help encourage some participation I offered one "bonus buck" per week. That's quite a motivator for these grade-hungry kids.
The results? They love it. Here's this week's board after one class.
I also created a "Tweet Me" board just for fun. I'm putting up a prompt for them to respond to - this week's is #ILoveWinterBecause. And they definitely had some opinions! (I'm going to take down the one that a boy put up about girls wearing yoga pants.)
So that's a good thing.