HIGH SCHOOL BATTLE PROCEDURES Submitted by Sandra Wurdeman, Mosinee
Battle is promoted in November with a poster of book titles through each English classroom. Teams signup adding their email address making this a true ebattle. I use their email addresses to communicate with them and send battle questions. Answers are given to the high school library assistant. A correct answer wins a small prize.
As high students they are very independent. I only meet with them four times. Once as an introduction to the program, and then three intra-school battles. The first battle is a fun, "shout out the answer" battle, one is a pencil and paper battle, the last is the Moodle Final Practice Battle. Scores are posted on a large chart in the library. During the final online battle the most improved team also attends to cheer on the winning team and join in after school snacks.
END OF BATTLE SEASON CELEBRATIONS Submitted by Jeff Carpenter, Appleton Email
I'm proud to say for most years that the best way has been to celebrate with a pizza party for all those involved. Some years I've asked the students to read a minimum number of books to be able to attend, while this has brought some stress it has emphasized that reading is part of the program. I've always been concerned that students will sign up for BOB just to eat pizza with no intent of reading the books. Since the PTA usually funds the party, I feel asking the students to read a minimum number of books is okay. The purpose of the party was to create a celebration type atmosphere, thus reducing the impact to the students who didn't win. It's all part of life.
Certificates are also a nice way to recognize everyone's efforts. I purchase the certificate paper at Office Depot or Office Max. Some years I've created a ticket using the label making paper stating this card is good for one bump, and could be used by a student waiting on a list to check-out a new book or one that's on a waiting list because it was book talked.
Purchasing trophies can become expensive and what does one do with them down the road. I know many schools that struggle with what to do with plaques 20-30 years down the road when these students are long gone. I personally like perpetual plaques where the students' names can be engraved on a plaque that can be removed down the road making room for new ones. The old plates with names can be placed in a scrap book or tossed. I have three plaques recognizing 1st place (brass), 2nd place (silver), and 3rd place (bronze). I really like that there is a place to display a team photograph. Speaking of pictures, I'm thinking of adding a group picture in either 5x7 or 8x10 of all participants. This would be easy to do as a group picture is already and put in the school memory book annually.