One of the most important things to me is ensuring that my little readers know that I'm there to help them do their best. I've very big on motivating my struggling readers and encouraging them to take risks so they know it's ok if they make mistakes. Since I make such a big deal about this, most of my little readers try their very best 100% of the time and succeed as a result.
However...that doesn't always happen. Some little readers just need every little bit of extra encouragement you can provide. I don't do anything fancy, but I've found one way to motivate even my most frustrated readers...and it only requires a few simple items that you most likely already use on a daily basis in your room...just personalized for the student!
This blog post matches up perfectly with the super motivating Joanne over at Head Over Heels for Teaching! Check out her Saturday posts for great ideas for motivating all your learners!
Have a great day!