Who doesn't appreciate a little attention?Every fall I begin a Student of the Week recognition activity with my fifth grade class, and they LOVE it! I can see it in the beaming faces when I announce who the special person is on Monday morning.
I have my Student of the Week help out with special jobs around the classroom, they receive a special Brag Tag for their chain,
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Because I insist the messages are anonymous, the students are all free to write something really awesome about their peers without it becoming a popularity contest, or without any awkwardness due to gender. I put the messages together along with a photo taken in the first few weeks of the school year, to create a poster that is laminated for preservation. You can see an example below.
I had confirmation of just how special this is to my kiddos when a former grade 5 student (now in grade 11) worked in my room for a co-op placement this year. She told me that she STILL had her Student of the Week poster, from 6 years before, displayed in her bedroom. Boy, did it ever make me happy to hear THAT!