I've hinted to a couple of my kids that this year we are going to have a 90%+ contest. The more time we all spend in Spanish the better and what better way to motivate them to try and negotiate meaning than through bribery...er...I mean a little extrinsic motivation. Of course we want kids to have intrinsic motivation but I have found that a little extrinsic motivation helps get them started. After awhile they see that it's not that bad, maybe even fun and then their extrinsic motivation turns intrinsic.
After my challenge with M's third grade class this year to speak 100% Spanish I decided to expand on it this year. All 3-5 classes and the winner gets a pinata party at the end of the year. I've set up Class Dojo with a monster for each class. One thing I love about Class Dojo is that it has a timer. We set the timer when class starts and we pause it when I have to change the sign to English. It goes back on when I switch back to Spanish.
You can also decide certain tasks to reward and how many points. I've given 100% Spanish 5 points and 90% 3 points. There are also a few other things I can reward for 1 point each - maybe working really hard or helping each other out. I'm not sure if I'll do that or not but I kept it as an option.
Since I set up the contest as a class, with a monster for each teacher, students can easily see where their class stands and what they need to do to get ahead. We haven't started yet - I'm thinking after this rotation with flamenco (because I do need a few extra minutes in English to explain jaleos to them.) The few classes I've mentioned it to seem pretty excited (about the pinata mostly but we'll also address how awesome this is for their Spanish learning when I formally introduce it.)