My school's program is really big on "character traits." It's not something that they just say at the beginning of the year or whatever...they talk about them daily and the kids know them well. They have "character cards" that we teachers can fill out and send the kid to the office with. When they get to the office, they get a little prize. At the end of the week, some cards get drawn out for a bigger prize. I kind of want to do something similar in my own classroom, but I want to get away from the extrinsic rewards. I was thinking of having my own "character board" (hopefully with some catchy name I come up with) and just having little cards that I can write about the students and put them up on the board. I generally don't have behavior problems in my room at all- and in fact I do have a lot of kids that really seem to go above and beyond with showing compassion, trustworthiness, etc. I want to do something "extra" to recognize that, but I don't want to attach an extrinsic reward (such as giving them a trinket) because I don't want that to be their motivation behind behaving that way, if that makes sense. However, I'm concerned that they'll expect a prize because of the school-wide system, and I also don't want to seem like I'm going against the system that our school has already set up. I thought maybe I could do a little of both, but I don't want it to be confusing for the kids. In general, last year I only gave out the cards for "habits of work" and they had to be really big things like passing a goal or making a huge improvement. I was thinking this board in my room could be for smaller things. I know this seems silly, but in our new building the office is literally 5 minutes away from my classroom (it is a HUGE building) and I don't want to waste all that class time sending kids down to recognize them for little things. So, do you think I should do it or not?