I just read this article, I really liked it, and I’m thinking about how to apply it to our school library. Hmmm….
Brain research shows that learning is heightened when students encounter something unexpected. In the article, this elementary school teacher describes how he creates reality-TV-style anticipation in the classroom, followed by the surprising “reveal.” I think I could use these…
1) a “Top Secret” sign on the door: Students haven’t seen our new carpet and new library theme decorations. I could put a “Top Secret” sign on the door so that students would wonder what was waiting for them inside. I could also do this before the Book Fair, when the library changes appearance once again!
2) A treasure box: He talks about the treasure box all year, but doesn’t open it until the end of the school year. I could do this with a promotion, like reading books from the Bluebonnet list, and only open the treasure box at the party for our Bluebonnet readers. (I don’t think I could stand the anticipation of waiting all year to open the box!) I think that would be a powerful incentive for students to read their 5 Bluebonnet books so that they can go to the party and see what’s in the box!