Monday, May 21, 2012

Let the Celebrations Begin

It's that time of year. The school year is coming to a close and end-of-the-year celebrations are taking place. While parties vary greatly, one thing here I have seen that happens in nearly every classroom is awards. Each student gets an award... and not the same award. There are many reasons why I am opposed to the "everybody wins" attitude. But I do really like the end-of-the-year awards where each child is recognized for some accomplishment they have made during the year. Everybody does win, but everyone wins for what they actually succeeded in. Awards can be anything from subject awards to character awards to special talents awards. Students of all ages relish in the fact that their teacher took the time to find something they do particularly well and recognized them for it.. This builds student confidence... not recognition for the sake of recognition.

Just in case you need a template for the award certificate itself, I put a free one together for you.

And here are some ideas for awards:
Most Trustworthy
Most Caring
Best Manners
Most Responsible
Good Citizen
Best Friend

Super Speller
Rocking Reader
Fabulous Fluency
Writing Wizard
Marvelous Mathematician
Spectacular Scientist

Special Talents
Amazing Artist
Computer Expert
Class Cheerleader

And the list could go on and on.


  1. Love the template and great suggestions!

  2. My brain always blanks out when I make these each year and I run out of award titles. Thanks for sharing . . . I'll be good to go in a few weeks :)

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  3. I'm with Kelley-- I always get stuck on a few of them! Thanks for sharing! :)

    Learning Is Something to Treasure


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