There are hundreds of student recognition programs and they exist because teachers know they work. A colleague of mine spends a lot of her hard-earned dollars on certificates and treats and even trophies for her kids. I can tell you her kids benefit greatly and in turn, so does she as a teacher. I use trophies as well, only I don’t buy them. I prefer to get them for free through donations from families and the local thrift shop. You don’t even have to give them away. They travel all around the classroom for the best of the week in given areas.
Recognition in the classroom is a must. The more ways you can recognize students, the better they will feel taking risks and working to their potential. Without recognition for students, the class will turn dull, the kids will lose interest and not challenge themselves, and even you as a teacher will start to feel bogged down and tired. This brings up an interesting subject for another post, Recognition for teachers is also highly fruitful and should not be overlooked.