End of year awards

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  1. knitter63

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    How do you do your end of the year awards? My principal would like us to give an award to each child, which in theory sounds great. However, I have a problem with giving a child an award that he/she has not earned. I do what the prinicipal requests, but I just can't get over the feeling of handing out an "empty" award. Especially when so many other children have truly earned their award!
    What do you do?:unsure:
     
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  3. agdamity

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    I base the award around something the student is good at--which means they are not all academic. I might have "best runner" (I do teach my own pe), or "most effort" or "most considerate" etc.
     
  4. Proud2BATeacher

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    Here are a few ideas, but if you do a google search, you'll find a lot of funny ones:

    Your Bright Smile

    Hardest Worker

    Best Boy Athlete

    Best Girl Athlete

    Outstanding Behavior

    Most Improved Behavior

    Excellence in Science (and Math, reading, spelling,
    writing)

    Most Improved in Math (and reading, spelling, etc.)

    Being a True Friend

    Math Problem Solver

    Most Responsible

    Wonderful Singing

    Happy Attitude

    Always Dependable

    Always Sharing

    Always Polite

    Computer Whiz

    Great Sportsmanship

    Stick-to-It Award (or Never Give Up)

    Class Bookworm

    Always Helpful

    Beautiful handwriting

    Most Cooperative

    Creative Writer

    Excellent Artist

    Excellent Thinking

    Great Participation

    patience

    perseverance

    curiosity

    humor

    courage

    integrity

    friendship

    respect

    responsibility

    initiative

    flexibility

    Brightest smile

    Best messenger

    Best Lineleader

    Most artistic

    Best Manners

    Hardest Worker

    Best Handwriting

    Best Cutter

    Best at Coloring

    Most Improved Reader

    Best Reader

    Most Expressive Reader

    Most Dependable

    Most Helpful

    Most Improved Handwriting

    Friendliest

    Most creative story-teller

    Nicest smile

    Tidy Desk Award

    Awesome Artist

    Super Speller
    Bookworm

    Outstanding Organizer

    Most Cheerful

    Teacher's Helper

    Super Sharing Award
     
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    Thanks!!! These are great ideas, and I feel better about awards already!! I feel that I can give these awards and feel they are justified! YEAH!
     
  7. denise

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    We have to give an award to every student and it can be SO difficult to come up with something meaningful and genuine for everyone. Last year I really struggled to come up with something for one particular student. He was a special needs child who was a delight to teach, had a great attitude but really struggled in all areas (literacy, numeracy, music, art, PE, everything).
    The awards are worded something like..."J" receives an award for achieving excellence in......
    Academically he hadnt achieved excellence in anything so I gave it to him for his excellent attitude & helpfulness in class.
    He seemed really happy when he came up on stage to collect his certificate - he had a huge smile, stood on stage and waved excitedly to his parents.
    Afterwards, though, his dad came up to my, almost in tears, asking "was there nothing else that he could of received the award for? did he not achieve 1 excellent in his final grades??"
    he was really upset by it and I felt so awful but I couldnt have put excellence in.... (reading, maths, etc...) and then give his end of year report out which showed that he had just passed...

    i felt so bad, I could feel the dad's disappointment :(
     
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  8. michelb366

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    We have an awards assembly for K-5 grades. K and 1st give awards to all. 2-5 give academic awards for best in each subject. I have the kids do a classroom award. A week or so before the last day of school, I have the kids list everyone in the class and create an award they would give this student. Sometimes they know something that I am not aware of. After our awards assembly, we come back to the class and do our class awards. I det some 4" shiny cardboard stars from the party store and hand-write their awards. I've done this for 2 years and the kids love it.
     
  9. Upsadaisy

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    And you can always give one for best effort in an academic subject, even if the child didn't get great grades.
     
  10. teacherpippi

    teacherpippi Habitué

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    Every year, I have the kids write one nice thing about all of their classmates. I give them a packet, and I have them pull it out and write about one student per day. Then, I have them show it to me (so I'm not getting things like "I like her hair"). Plus, it is easier to check one statment from each student per day rather than entire packets at the end.

    I type the statements into a word document along with my own short statment about the child, put it into a fancy font, print it off and glue it to construction paper. I laminate them too.

    When it comes to give the awards, I read off one or two things their classmates said about them.

    The kids love them!
     
  11. Nessy

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    I give the students a list of about 50 categories and have them write in other students names. They have to use every student's name at least once. That helps me decide who is most athletic, who is the best singer (since I don't know). Then I narrow it down and they all get one award at the end of the year.
     

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