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Student Compliments

Found in: building trust & community; character education; holiday

Fifth grade students are sometimes more interested in being mean to or teasing each other than in treating each other respectfully. To help promote looking for the good in each other, we do 'put-ups' at least once a week. We thank individuals for nice things that they've done for us and for others.

Around the holidays, students write compliments for everyone in the class. Those compliments are compiled into a full-page sheet, mounted on a decorated border, and given to the students for a holiday present. We've had many parents say that their students keep their gift on the bulletin board at home and are encouraged to refer to it when things aren't going so well. I love to see their reactions as they read it for the first time.


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