32 day Challenge Prizes
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Terah W., Kansas
I am wondering if anyone has any ideas for prizes for the completion of the 32-day challenge? It seems like it would be easy to ”overdo” just as it might be easy enough to underplay and not give ‘enough’ of a prize. I am open to ideas and would like to make the best use of this fabulous tool!
While we are on this subject, I’d like to hear any positives and negatives about using this tool. I appreciate all the help you all share now and then.
Sheri R. , California
The original idea from Nicole O. was that children would determine prize with parents, to be given by parents. One of my students received a sleepover, a big deal to her. Another got a computer! (But he’s learning about debt as he has to do another 32-day challenge to fully earn what he already received.) Each parent will know what would be just right for their child to help keep them motivated to complete the challenge.
I recently had a recital and gave a SM mug or poster (their choice) to anyone who had completed the challenge. But that was an afterthought and I don’t think it’s necessary for us as teachers to be part of the prize; after all, something that we would likely be able to afford for everyone in our studios who complete the challenge would not be a big enough incentive to see a student through the 32 days. I say leave it to the parents! Maybe offer a simple and short piano party for kids only if you think you would like to offer something.
Nicole O., California
When I started the 32 day challenge, I let parents and students know that THEY would need to decide on a prize that was meaningful to the student. Some students knew exactly what they wanted and others completed the 32 days without needing that incentive. As more students are completing both the 32 and 100 day challenge, I’ve considered giving them each a poker chip that states, “I completed my 32 Day Challenge!” or something like that. But I’m not even sure I’ll do this as I see my role as the “initiator” of the challenge and not the rewards giver. There is so much satisfaction that comes as a natural result of doing something consistently.
Jessie P., Montana
I offered my students lunch with me somewhere in town. I also threw in the option of my 18 month old daughter as a lunch companion, which has been a huge incentive for the middle school age girls! As of lessons last week I had 8 (of 18 total, 12 of which committed to the challenge) students who were 4 days away from completion! I like it so far, and am interested to see what happens when the challenge is over. Hopefully still daily practice!