Monday, March 12, 2012

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Exciting developments this past week in AP Psychology! Upon returning from Mid-Winter Break, students received their 40-Day Countdown Packets, which will be their constant companions up until the AP Psych Exam on May 7th. As I write this, only 38 school days remain until that fateful afternoon.

This year, for the first time, students will be very visibly tracking their progress on their review packets via progress charts that I've posted in my classroom. For each completed "Day" of the packet, students can add a shiny star sticker next to their names. Who wouldn't want to do that?! (Admit it: since elementary school you've been longing to see more gold stars next to your name.)

So far, this strategy seems to motivating for some. In any case, it's a nice visible reminder every time we walk in the door that spaced practice will pay off (and that procrastination is an enemy to be challenged daily).

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