February 18, 2004
While student teaching in a 4th-5th grade split class, I found the idea of using a compliment bag 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 didn't want to talk about it, all they had to do was pull out a compliment from their bag. These compliments built self-esteem and helped students to understand what a compliment is. I saw this work on many students and no classroom interruption took place.