|Nitya Katwala opens her prize.|
Students in Hollis Hammond’s and Catherine Michelsen’s Suzuki violin classes recently were rewarded for months of practice.
“We started keeping track of the student’s progress with a marble incentive in January,” said Michelsen.
Parents were asked to keep notes and keep track of how often the students practiced at home.
“For every day they practiced, they got a marble in their jar,” said Michelsen. “The idea is that they are competing with themselves, not each other.”
After months of watching their marble jars fill up, the students were rewarded with an in-class prize party.
|Antonio Velazquez, left, and Josh Chung|
“We’re always trying new things to motivate the students. For some students, it was a wonderful motivator. The visual helped them.”
An added bonus of the marble incentive is that it helped instructors keep track of how the kids were progressing.