July 16, 2003
Each Friday during the school year, I give a Good Attitude Award to a deserving student. I have a display on the back wall of my classroom with the words, 'What An Attitude!' at the top. The student who receives the award each week gets a pencil that says, 'I'm A Winner!' on it, and I hang his/her award certificate on the display in the back of the room. Then at the end of the school year, the students may take their award certificates home. I teach four seventh grade English classes and one study skills class a day. Each week it is a different class's turn to have someone from that section get the award. I base the award on cooperation, good overall attitude, work ethic, ability to work well with others, etc. The students wait each week to see who gets the award, and if I happen to forget it one week, they remind me about it right away. I find that this is a great way to recognize many students during the course of a school year. A student who might not otherwise get an academic or sports award at the end of the year has a chance to get this recognition, and it seems to mean a lot to the students who receive it.