Turn boring activities into fun ones but making a few switches.
I was complaining about this one day, and a much more experienced coworker said to have them take notes on construction paper.
Desperate, I tried it. And it worked. So did taking notes on 3 X 5 cards, or hanging large paper around the room and having them write their notes on it.
It seems that taking notes the same way every day, for all classes, is boring. Switching the note taking means intrigues students.
I apply the same theory to my kids:
|Old towels over rubber floor mats in the van with WATER paints - instead of the kitchen table.|
|Doing puzzles by the fireplace - instead of the kitchen table (again).|
|Using hangers to pull "cargo" - instead of the real truck pieces.|
|Gluing with expired spices - instead of glitter. This cleaned up way easier, too.|