Friday, February 14, 2014

"Sponsoring a club is easy!" (Said no teacher ever)

Have you ever found yourself voluntold to sponsor/coach clubs, organizations, and sports? Chances are that your principal asked, told, or maybe even begged (!) you to be in charge of a club that will give so many well-deserving children the opportunity to learn and grow. During my eight years of teaching, I have had a positive (borderline obnoxiously positive!) attitude about change. Although challenging at times, a positive attitude made even the most stressful situations bearable. When I'd find myself in a panic, I'd tell myself that everything was going to be okay and to not forget that it's all for the kids! So, with each task bestowed upon me, I welcomed the challenge and always ended up loving it! 

If you've ever had this experience, you know that we do it for the kids. They're the ones that drive the excitement in the club and motivate us to work harder (and longer hours) for them! I'd like to share some tools that have either helped me with my organizational skills and productivity, and/or improved the member recruitment and retention. 
Oh, and in case you were wondering, here are some clubs that I've sponsored/coached:
  • Cheerleading
  • Debate
  • National Honors Society
  • Future Business Leaders of America
  • Yearbook
  • DECA (Marketing club)
QR Codes
Ideas:
  1. Post a QR code on your club bulletin board
  2. Print QR codes on meeting notes
  3. Make a large calendar in the classroom or bulletin board with QR codes on the days. 
  4. All these can be scanned to:
  • download important dates directly to their calendars
  • open a map to a competitive event or charity event
  • open a website 
  • open a document using TagMyDoc
  • check out the links below for MANY more ideas!
    5. Video to get ideas on how a high school uses them:
    6. Excellent links to resources & videos:

How-To:
QR Code scanner - QR Reader for iOS and QR Barcode Scanner for Android
QR Code Generator - QRstuff.com

iFakeText
Make a poster of an ifaketext conversation about a club meeting. This one really got their attention! 

Quizlet
Have students use Quizlet to make flash cards to study for competition. They can use the website or download the app (iOS or Android). Bonus!! Some "sets" of flashcards have already been created! Just search for a subject and BAM! You've got a set of flashcards ready to study!