Hi everyone, I just thought I'd share something that I used in my classes last year that really seemed to help with getting students to participate in class. I called it "Brownie Points." They aren't bonus points (though the name sounds like they are)--they are required classroom participation points that students must get every week. I give each student a chart that tells them the task they must perform and the point value (and any limits on how many "count"), etc., and every Monday, they get a blank form and must track their participation to turn in on Friday. They have to get 10 points each week for a perfect score. (The only slight problem I had was with absences: If students missed a day but usually got their ten points, I'd give them two points for that day. If someone missed several days, I just exempted him/her from that week). Some of the duties include retrieving and putting away materials for their row (they have silent reading books, journals, text books that I keep in the room, etc.); checking their grades online; helping me with a specific task (random--errands to office or whatever comes up); answering a question correctly; reading aloud; doing a "reader review" of a book they've read (just a quick stand-up-and-tell-us-about-it sort of thing); or donating class materials. You can manipulate the point values to highlight the tasks you find most important. It may sound nuts to ask high school students to do this, but it really motivated them to become "good citizens" of the classroom, ha ha. I even had a few students write in their end-of-semester essays that they loved how Brownie Points really made classmates who would normally just sit there take part in class. The best part is that they had to track their own tasks (I would initial them randomly at the end of class while they were writing journal entries--I had them keep the forms clipped to their journals). Students appreciated the "easy points," and it really helped them to stay organized and be responsible. It also helped with organization (only one student per row was permitted to get materials or put them away, etc.--it really helped with time). Have any of you done anything similar? Do you think I'm nuts?