At the beginning of second semester, the middle school students were presented with an extra incentive to using their SSM time wisely. A lounge was created in the middle school area complete with futon, lounge chairs, a really big screen TV, a Wii game system & games, a few board games, and movies.
Each student was given a Punch Card & Lounge Pass. Each time a student is busy studying to finish assignments, get course help or work on projects, that student gets one or two punches from the SSM teacher. Once a student has 10 punches, that student can turn their punch card in to spend their SSM time relaxing or having fun in the lounge.
To date, there have been 22 students who have spent an SSM period in the lounge. The biggest draw has been to the Wii games. When there have been more than two students in the lounge at a time, they happily take turns playing. Students are always sad when time is up and look forward to coming back.
Ms Bredine, Paraprofessional