Standard 5: Motivation and Management It is crucial to keep students motivated and engaged in the classroom. At Cynwyd, I have found that it is often times very difficult to motivate all the students. Some students just want to get all their work done in order to be completely finished or have some free time to work on something they enjoy. However, as they rush through assignments, many errors show up in their work. They are not reading the questions properly or even completely misunderstanding the concept. It was difficult to plan lessons and activities to motivate students and to tie them to something I know the students enjoy doing. I tried my best to develop lessons that all the students would enjoy doing. One of the lessons I included in this section was a lesson on adding and subtracting money. At first glance, it seemed like a very dry, boring topic. However, I remembered my cooperating teacher showing me a picture book about money several weeks before I began planning the lesson. Therefore, when I went to plan my lesson, I used the book as a read aloud, asking students to count the amount that is referenced in the book. Students really enjoyed the read aloud and I kept them engaged by having them calculate the amount in the book. Students also interacted with other students during this portion of the lesson to discuss their answers and how to calculate the total amount. For such a dry topic, I was able to gain their attention and keep the students engaged. This lesson also included both small group and whole group activity. I started working with the class on the read aloud and calculating the amount of money referenced in the book. Then, I split the class into two groups. I took one of the groups, and Mrs. Brenner took the other group. In the group, I used small whiteboards to motivated and engage the students. I first started with addition and subtraction problems of what they know. Then I simply eased into adding and subtracting money, showing how it is very similar to regular addition and subtraction. The other lesson that I chose to put into this standard was a Language Arts lesson. It was a whole group lesson where students were continually writing stories and continuing stories their classmates have started. It did not involve much teaching but I included it into this standard because I found the students to be extremely motivated. Students were reading the stories they were receiving from their classmates and continuing them. They were actively engaged and motivated. They were excited to read what others had written and add their own twist to them. Individually, students were motivated to write because they knew their part would appear in the story. As a group, students were also motivated to write because they had to ensure the section they were writing fit into the story and made sense. Even though it was a lot of reading and writing, students enjoyed the lesson very much.