Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Badges, Stickers . . . Part 2

Continuing on from my earlier post, things have been moving forward with a reboot of rewards and praise within the ICT/Computing department. I've started to develop an Achievement Policy and have come up with these 4 aims:
  • Encourage students to engage with the ICT/Computing curriculum
  • Motivate students to work independently
  • Promote a positive ethos within the department
  • Praise students through effective recognition of their ICT/Computing achievements
Kathryn at Carrot Rewards has been working on the sticker designs for me and I really like what we have so far. 

First of all there are the lesson-by-lesson Achievement Points for Effort, Progress and Growth Mindset. These follow along the same lines as points that can be awarded using SIMS. Students collect the stickers in their planners and can "cash them in" on the School Stickers website. In addition, we will allocate them as badges on students' Google Apps eportfolios. @MissPhilbin has a useful YouTube Video describing how you can use badges within Google Apps. In terms of cash-in value, each achievement sticker is worth 1 point and teachers should aim to award at least 3 of them each lesson.


Half Term Sticker Name Points Value Notes
1-6
Effort
1
Lesson-by-lesson achievement point
1-6
Progress
1
Lesson-by-lesson achievement point
1-6
Growth Mindset
1
Lesson-by-lesson achievement point

@MrAColley gave me the idea for a Blogging sticker - he has some great designs and also gives a really good example of student blogging in action. I've come up with the idea of having gold, silver and bronze stickers, which carry cash-in values of 4, 3 and 2 points respectively. The intention here is not only to reward excellence but also (perhaps over ambitious?) to provide a mechanism for using the stickers when the students are still in Year 9. Here are the designs I'm going to run with in September 2013.


Half Term Sticker Name Points Value Notes
1-6
Blogger (Bronze)
2
Awarded for completed eportfolios
1-6
Blogger (Silver)
3
Awarded for good eportfolios
1-6
Blogger (Gold)
4
Awarded for excellent eportfolios

I am also working on a series of stickers and badges to use as rewards for the work students do in lessons. I'll tell you all about these in my next update.