This last week we have hosted a Band Camp for my students. The purpose was to begin learning the "football" music for the Fall and to get the cobwebs off of our instruments before school begins in a few weeks. We have had a great week with over 30 kids committing to come up to school for 3 hours and play their instrument rather than sit at home and play video games. I'm really proud of them for being so dedicated. As an incentive I told them that if they come to all 5 days they would get a prize for their effort. I did not tell them at all what it would be.
So, I thought all summer, "What would be cool to a middle schooler that is affordable?" My wonderful wife had a great idea that turned out to be amazing. We will give them a shirt that looks like this:
With our great Tshirt companies offering affordable prices on shirts, it turned out to be a great thing that the kids will love. I can then use these as incentives for the entire year. Make District Band - get a shirt, Pass off all your scales - get a shirt, Earn "Good Discipline Points" - get a shirt, etc., etc., etc...
AND when they wear it on spirit shirt days at school and someone asks why they recieved the "Prize Shirt" they can tell what accomplishment they did to earn it. I think it will be a really positive thing for the band this year!
I'm even to going need to earn my "Prize Shirt" this year by accomplishing something big - yet to be determined.