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Old 02-06-2013, 11:12 AM
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Help me buy a basketball?

As an incentive for a really big behavior change, I promised a kid a good basketball. It has to be Spalding and orange, official size. He said the good ones are a darker orange, not lighter orange. I am a dunce at this. I'd like to spend under $20 but it has to be good or I might lose the student for good, so I'll do what I have to do...

This is what I found, but I'm a dunce at this, can someone clue me in please? The more expensive ones don't seem to get higher ratings, but I'm worried that the cheaper one would be the wrong kind? The kid is not exactly pro level but he seems to know what he wants.

http://www.amazon.com/Spalding-NBA-S...pr_product_top
http://www.amazon.com/Spalding-74-29...ing+basketball
http://www.amazon.com/Spalding-Never...ing+basketball
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:48 PM
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How old is the kid? Is he going to play outside on cement or inside on wood?
I liked the first one called the Spalding NBA Street Basketball.
If he is a young kid (10 or younger) the intermediate is good.
They make good rubber balls and that is what I use in PE. Mostly the jr or intermediate for my 6-11 year olds.
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Old 02-06-2013, 04:19 PM
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He's 11, average-looking size, and would probably play mostly outdoors - driveway kind of thing. We're city people.
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:54 PM
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buying a basketball, thats pretty big of a gesture for a kid. Especially a kid who has had behavior issues.
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:03 PM
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buying a basketball, thats pretty big of a gesture for a kid. Especially a kid who has had behavior issues.
Sometimes teachers make decisions that make a big impact.
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:15 PM
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Sometimes teachers make decisions that make a big impact.
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:16 PM
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I take it the student has reached his goals. How awesome!
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:32 PM
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Sometimes teachers make decisions that make a big impact.
Yah, I get that. But spending your own money on something for a student there better be a really good reason. I have done it at times myself, sometimes small, sometimes a little bigger. But it is a select few students who something like that would be done for.
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:33 PM
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buying a basketball, thats pretty big of a gesture for a kid. Especially a kid who has had behavior issues.
Worth it! You try to find the motivation that isn't an object and doesn't cost money, but for some kids you just need to get them wherever they are. If he's willing to make the entire teaching staff's life easier for a week for a basketball, he shall have the basketball. It isn't going to come easily to him. And one of the terms of the deal is that he is not allowed to tell any of the other students about it
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:40 PM
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Worth it! You try to find the motivation that isn't an object and doesn't cost money, but for some kids you just need to get them wherever they are. If he's willing to make the entire teaching staff's life easier for a week for a basketball, he shall have the basketball. It isn't going to come easily to him. And one of the terms of the deal is that he is not allowed to tell any of the other students about it
I understand trouble behavior students who only work with that type of motivation. But in the past those objects that they got, never came from me, they came from the SPED teachers or counselors, or even the Principal. If it helps everyone, that money spent needs to come from elsewhere in the school.
If I am spending my own money on a student in the classroom, it is going to be a student that I truly enjoy and think actually deserves it because of all the time. Not someone who earned it because of a few days.
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