It doesn’t take much time to recognize kids in the classroom. It also pays huge dividends in the their self-esteem when you send something home to their parents. Every year or so, my school gets “Good News from School” postcards made up for the teachers to use. The offce leaves them by the teacher boxes and we are free to take as many as we like. When you are amazed at a child’s work, this is a good time to recognize her/him. If you are simply trying to encourage the child, this is another. Whatever the reason, cards like this on hand go a long way toward healthy emotions and well-being in the classroom.
Kids tell me often how much their family appreciated them being recognized. I did have one kid that displayed very weird behavior as a result of getting a card, but he was an anomaly. The day after receiving his card, he stole a stack of empties off my desk. Another student turned him in and I actually had to punish him over it. Kind of ironic huh? The way I took it, he felt the cards were “good” and he wanted more of that feeling. In an opposite way it shows ow much kids want recognition. Unfortunately for this student’s case, it is something you can only earn, not steal. I recommend that any teacher have something like recognition cards on hand at all times.