Let's just back up a minute. I discovered Brag Tags on Pinterest back in 2012. I had them pinned to one of my boards and wanted them so badly. That spring, I started playing around with the custom designs at ImageStuff.com and there was no going back. There was just no way I could leave those amazing little creations to be nothing but data in cyberspace. ;)
That was my first order. They absolutely helped to make the 2012-2013 school year one of the best in my career. These little tokens brought out the best in my students - the students were motivated to earn them for themselves, and more importantly, were truly thrilled for each other when a classmate was awarded one.
This is my third year ordering Brag Tags, and the staff at School Life definitely DID NOT disappoint!!
Back to the Brag Tags in a minute...
Last year, I switched grades from fifth to a 2/3. It was eye opening for me and I quickly learned that children at this age are simply unable to sustain their attention for the length of time my fifth graders could. My absolute lifesaver was GoNoodle!!
Without a doubt my favorite discovery of the year, GoNoodle was loved by my students. They were SO motivated to work hard for those brain breaks, and actually begged and pleaded to be able to do any of the activities. Indoor recesses were a snap with GoNoodle on the SMART Board!!
Are you making the same connections here that I made?? Brag Tags = motivation. GoNoodle = motivation. Last spring I connected the dots... why not combine the two?
I contacted Holly at GoNoodle to obtain the images and permission to go ahead and have the Brag Tags produced, and she was incredibly helpful and receptive to the idea. (AWESOME!) Next, I contacted Kim at School Life, told her a little about the GoNoodle site, and asked about having the proofs made. The designs I received exceeded my expectations!! Of course I ordered immediately and just received my tags two days ago! They couldn't be more perfect! I am SO excited to be able to award these to my students for their effort during our GoNoodle brain breaks!!
My Brag Tag display is all set up, and of course I have lots of other awesome tags to work with this year...
|Some of this year's tags - new designs and old.|
|Last year's order - many tags I'm continuing to use!|
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