So what is the best way to award your students for all the hard work they’ve put in during the week, term, semester or year? Well, for me – personally, I’ve found that the most economical, flexible and effective way to reward my students is by presenting awards or certificates of appreciation to each and every one. A simple way to award – some may argue – but one that is of significant value to both recipient and giver.
Of course, students have to earn these awards. Needless to say that this teaches them the invaluable lesson that nothing in life comes for free – it has to be earned.
So if students work hard and prepare for their spelling tests – then there is a ‘Super Speller’ award.
Or if they’ve come to school every single day – there’s the ‘Perfect Attendance’ award.
And if a student has been a good buddy to somebody – there’s the ‘Best Buddy’ award.
My favorite/favourite is the ‘Shining Star for Homework Award’ . Why so? Because for one thing, by submitting their homework every. single. time. students show their dedication to you and the subject you teach. It is a clear indicator of how conscientious they are – besides all that hard work after a busy school day just needs to be commended.
When it comes to yearly recognition, Diploma Awards bring joy to everyone. This source of happiness could primarily stem from the fact that the year has come to an end and a glorious break awaits – but I like to think that all students are simply joyous because they are going to be awarded publically in class or perhaps even during a special awarding ceremony.
Whatever reason – I’m just happy to give every student an award and all (or so I like to think) are equally happy to receive it. After all, it’s extrinsic motivation that induces intrinsic motivation which in turn is subjective and results in a long-term much desired outcome.
And yes, I prefer not to give a ‘Clown of the Class’ award or even ‘Most Improved’ award – just because these titles seem to have a negative connotation to them. Mind you, I mean no offense to clowns, but I personally feel their place is in the circus and not in the classroom where ‘intense’ teaching and learning is taking place.
My contention with the ‘Most Improved’ award lies with the subtle underlying message it conveys – namely that the student was not upto the mark before and is still not quite there – but is ‘improving’ – that might be so, but then think about it – no child wants to be made to feel that way, now do they?
Keep in mind also that when giving award certificates – that they cater to diversity – by that I mean, the images represent students of different ethnicity. Watching your student’s eyes light up to see something that represents them is indeed an immeasurable moment.
These creatively designed award certificates might be just an inexpensive piece of paper at the end of the day, but to students it would mean a lot – to be recognized/recognised for their efforts, not just by their teachers and classmates, but the wider school community as well – now isn’t that characteristic of an holistic school environment.
You probably know all about the importance of awarding students and already have a huge collection of award certificates – but hey – why not add one more to your stash, best of all it’s free.
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