What is your definition of "citizenship" award?

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  1. Carolyn

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    I am required to give a Citizenship Award to a boy and a girl from my room. I have 6 boys, and well, it's hard to choose. They've all been in trouble. Some are very smart.
    So, since I'm a new first grade teacher, what qualities would you look for when choosing a student for this particular awar?
     
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  3. Emma35

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    We give a citizenship award to one boy and one girl in each classroom. We give it to the boy and girl who always went above and beyond in helping others.

    Personally, I wish we did not have awards at the end of the year.
     
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    To me, being a good citizen means following the rules, being willing to work hard, helping others, being responsible for one's own property, being respectful of other people and their property.

    We don't do awards like these, either.
     
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    I don't have anyone to give this type of award to. They won't let me give out The Biggest Baby Award, The Diva Award, The Bratz Award, The Energizer Bunny Award, and my favorite The I Don't Know How To Stop Talking Award!:D
     
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    I have candidates for all of these as well!
     
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    Isn't it sad. I am having a hard time giving out awards. At my school everyone gets an award. I had three that I could not think of what to give them so they will get a friendship award. they do not deserve this one but I have to give something.:confused:
     
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    That is how we feel too! This is why I hate giving out awards!
     
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    At sumer camp that my church runs every year, EVERY kid gets an award at the end of the week, and we DON'T duplicate awards... some are similar, but never exactly the same. We typically have over 75 kids, so we have to get REALLY creative (lots of the youth/adult conuselors have come several years, so, when possible, we try not to give a lid the same award they won the previous year... you remember the memorable ones!).

    Some were SUPER easy, but other kids stump you until the last minute. They wouldn't let me give the Paranah Award to the kid who had to be in control of every situation, dominated every activity, and never stopped talking. I can't remember what we ended up giving her. But we would sometimes go with "coolest shoes" or something when we couldn't come up with anything else.

    My favorites:
    Longest shorts/shortest pants award (a boy who practically wore highwaters... we couldn't tell if they were too-short pants or too-long shorts)
    Watermelon and American Cheese award (a VERY picky eater, this is about all she ate all week!)
    The "Houston, we have a problem" fishing award (guess what he kept announcing while they were fishing?)
     
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    I am having the worst problem coming up with awards too. The awards that I came up with were, "Loudest Whiner," "Slowest Worker," "Most Likely to Start a Fight," "Most Absences," "Tattler Award." Too bad that I can't give these ones out! If nothing else I made my partner teacher laugh!:D :rolleyes:
     
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    I am giving out 22 trophies for many different things, 2 perfect attendence, and a t-shirt to all the students and staff.
     
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    Many of my kids would fit into these categories too!:D :D :D :D :D
     
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    I have a kid on another planet. Today he asked if he could get a lunch order form. I said, "Honey, school is over." Just this morning he put on the board "5 days left".
     
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    i hate dealing with awards. being a specialist, there are always teachers wanting to see i can come up with some sort of PE awards with certain students. many of these don't do any better in the gym for me than they do in the classroom. i won't give a PE award to a kid who doens't deserve one.

    i wish we could just get rid of them. kids are smart enough to see through the "superficial" awards like "best hugger," "neatest desk," etc

    as far as your citizenship award goes, i really believe its the student(s) who treat their classmates, teachers, other ppl's stuff with respect and are constantly on task. they go above and beyond what they are asked of. i love knowing that there are students that are doing what they are supposed to even if my back is turned. that earns my respect big time b/c one's true character is who they are when no one is watching. could you just give one overall citizenship award in you class instead of doing one boy and one girl?
     
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    I was so thrilled after our grade 8 graduation committee meeting the other day. It was decided to give out some sort of "perseverance" award (don't know what it'll be called yet) to a student who has diligently worked hard all year to achieve to the best of his/her ability. The thought was that it could go to one of my Special Ed kids (there's one who completely deserves it), but no one wants me to be the presenter because they don't want it seen as a Special Ed award--they want the recipient to be recognized for his own merit. Hooray!
     
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    PE07, check your PMs.
     

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