Not too long ago, a mom stopped by my office to ask for advice in dealing with her son. She told me about how tough of a time she was having getting him to do his homework, chores, and basically listen to what she said.
She didn't go for my idea of using a soda can with a few pennies in it. (Even after I told her I had seen it work on a cat.) But I listened to her, prayed with her, then said I'd talk with her son to see if I could make a difference.
A few months later, I came across something that I thought could potentially work with this particular student.
And I found it in the app store.
It's an app called Epic Win. And here's how it works:
It's basically a "to do list". You load in your items: chores, homework, daily Bible reading, etc. But you also create a character. And every time you check something off of your list, you earn the ability to upgrade your character's attributes, or find loot, or continue your quest. It's basically a way to turn real life into an RPG.
Here's a video that explains it better than I can.
I can't really see this working too well for girls. But have you ever seen something that was made more for middle school guys?
I love it!
Question: What are some creative ideas you have for motivating students?