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MS reward

HI Everyone,
Ok,so I'm trying to think of something "FUN" as a reward for my MS choir.  I have listed things below that won't work.  Any thoughts on something I could do to celebrate their success?  Thanks for any ideas.  I'm stuck!
 
Here are the things I cannot do:
1. Bring in candy or food during the school day.
2. Take them out of school during a regular school day for a field trip.
3.  REQUIRE them to be at a contest on a Saturday. (I know youprobably think "but what about sports?!"....long story...simply not allowed, but I get around it by  bringing clinicians in to my choirs for critiques.  Costs them more in the long run, but they won't let me take the students out, so what's a director to do?)
4. Cannot do Great America, as it is done as an 8th grade outing.
 
Thanks for any ideas!  
Renee
Replies (8): Threaded | Chronological
on January 22, 2016 3:10am
My kids love it when I award "best section" with Pizza!
 
Dale Duncan
Creator of S-Cubed Middle School Sight Singing Program
on January 22, 2016 7:45am
Thanks, unfortunately, I'm not allowed to bring in food during the school day..   part of our allergy and wellness program.
 
Thanks, though!
 
on January 22, 2016 9:35am
Hi Renee,
 
Here are a few different ideas. Hopefully the ChoralNat hive mind will be able to find something tHat will work in your situation.
 
-Kate
 
Karaoke day (using YouTube and pre-approved songs)
Having an invitation only select group that you take to contest. Give them something to aspire to, and want to go to contest.
"indoor recess" with board game, cards, coloring, etc. 
window or door decorating contests
pajama party movie day
 
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on January 22, 2016 5:49pm
Kate's karaoke day sounds like fun. I do something similar with my elementary students. They love it, and I learn a lot about the music they love. What about doing an in house recording session? If you have a decent microphone and Audacity or garage band, youcould have them record one of their songs and do a few takes, with the opportunity for them to give feedback between takes. Then, you make a final cut of their best work and make sure they all get a copy. The editing should probably be done outside of rehearsal, but otherwise it's a reasonable accomplishment to record one song pretty well in a typical class period.
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on January 23, 2016 11:35am
I give my MS chorus students a free pass as a reward and they love it. Passes are good for a specified period of time (15 minutes, 30 minutes, etc.), are non-transferable, and allow the students to do anything quietly in the room while the rest of us rehearse. I only allow a certain number of students to use a pass per period (can't have the entire group "out" at the same time) and have blackout dates (prior to concerts, etc.) when passes are not permitted. Sometimes they do homework but most of the time they just listen to music.  They like using their passes with a friend. Sitting in the back of the room together while classmates have to do work feels like a big deal. 
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on January 24, 2016 10:03am
How about a pizza or ice cream sundae party after school? I've done this and 99% of my students attended. I could even see getting parents involved ---something we ALL should do-- snfd have them bring desserts or something. there are ways around your limitations with some creativity! Getting parents involved speaks tons to your administration---maybe even start a choir parents booster organization!
on January 25, 2016 5:02pm
I do not know where your school is located.  Saturday and Sunday: How about a trip for two days and one night to NYC for under $250.  Need help on details?  Let me know.  I love NY!  Fifth Avenue: so famous they named a candy bar after it.  NY, NY: A city so great they had to name it twice!  Would your choir view performing at Carnegie Hall as an act of applause?  Yes, it would require schools away from school.  The experience cannot be learned from a book.  Just some thoughts other than what others wrote.
on January 25, 2016 5:52pm
Does your school allow you to let them out early, say before lunch?
 
In addition to Karoke, what about a Talent Show? I told my students they can do anything school appropriate, so long as it has a musical component - lip synching, dance, playing, singing, etc.
 
Or create a music video? Choose a song (sing it or lip synch it) record it, and play it?
 
What about some time outdoors? 10 minute running around outside?
 
Game day - musical bingo, or Encore (great game, adapts well to a classroom setting).
 
Earning a Fun Video day - choose a fun video to let them watch during class as a reward.
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