I just subbed during my prep for a 6th grade teacher and I have to say I was very impressed by the classroom climate and community that was in that classroom. The students were all very warm towards each other, everyone knew each other, not to mention, her classroom is so well managed, it would probably have run without me being there. I was really impressed by the community though. One thing I noticed that may have contributed towards it was their practice of journal reading. The student leader picked 3 students to read their journals. At the end of each journal reading, students provided their thoughts, compliments, constructive criticism. I think one of the key community building factors was the opportunity for students to give each other compliments. They all seemed really appreciative of it. I have been thinking of a way to integrate compliments into my classroom, but I am having trouble. I am 8th grade science. 8th graders are sketchy figures as it is, but there really doesn't seem to be any room in science for students to provide feedback for personal creative work other than in group presentations, and I would like it to be more frequent and more individual. I mean in most of the activities we do, you are either correct or you aren't. Are there any activity ideas you can provide me that will allow for this type of positive interaction between students?