February 18, 2004
While working as a student teacher in a 4th- and 5th-grade split class, I found the idea of using a compliment bag to be very handy. We had the students make and decorate a bag and hang them from each individual desk. Whenever a person was having a bad day or something went wrong and they didnt want to talk about it, all they had to do was pull out a compliment from their bag. These compliments build self-esteem and helped students understand what a compliment is. I saw this work on many students and no classroom interruption took place.