I have a strategy that would blow your mind. I am not going to tell you for fear it will leak to my co-workers. But it was approved by the principal so not cheating.
Here are some things I will share with you, just to give you a glimpse:
- I stand out in the hall by my jar and hand out m&m's to kids. Sometimes it will be one m&m to every kid that passes. Sometimes to kids that put pennies in my jar. Even though they should put pennies in their OWN jars :)
- I remind the kids to "bomb" (put silver coins) in the #1 teacher's jar (which was never me, I lay low till the last day)
- AND I have pep talks with my own kids at least once a day, giving them updates to my strategy for that day or just telling them how exciting it all is. We've become closer from this penny war.
My class raised almost $300...that is almost $10 a kid! They caught my competitive, over-zealous obsession. With constant reminders to them (and mostly myself) that this money is for families in need, we kept bringing in the dough. It was a fun week to be a teacher and take part in this thrilling game. Even if we hadn't won a trophy or the pizza party that comes with it, we have amazing memories and the fun of knowing we were bringing Christmas to families in need.