Friday, August 12, 2011

Making Students Feel Special, of The Teacher Wife fame, posted a great question on her blog yesterday. She asked, "How do you make your students feel special?" Since she is looping with her students to second grade, she needs some new ideas. So, scroll down to see how I celebrate my students. You can even download my materials. Then, head on over to Lindsey's blog to read more and even share your own ideas!
To celebrate my students, I have a Super Star Student of the week. A new student is chosen each Monday. When students walk into the classroom each Monday, they excitedly look to see who's been chosen. On their desk, they find a star cutout, a letter to their parents, and their Super Star questionnaire. It's so cute when they realize who was chosen and they congratulate that student, saying, "I knew it was going to be you! You are always so good." 

Parents send in 5-8 pictures of their child to post in the classroom. I have a picture board with elastic criss-crosses to hold the photos without stapling, taping, etc. I also put a title above my picture board, using my favorite angled letter tiles {of course}! Students love this display, especially when there are baby pictures. The Super Star can also choose to be line leader, sit at the teacher's desk, pick where they sit, or lead calendar for the week.

On Friday, we gather in a circle so the Super Star can show their pictures, share their Super Star questionnaire, and read their favorite story to the class. Afterwards, everyone goes back to their seat and writes to the Super Star. They describe the student, write nice thoughts about them, and then illustrate. The Super Star writes to the teacher. I compile all of the students' writing and place the Super Star questionnaire on the top. Next, I fold an 18x24 piece of construction paper in half to make a Super Star book. On the top of the book, there is a super star cutout, along with the student's name and date. That Friday, the Super Star gets to take home their own personal class book.
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to check out my materials.


Lindsey (The Teacher Wife) said...

Alicia! This is wonderful and thank you for posting it! I am actually going to use this idea in my classroom! :) My kiddos will LOVE! Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Wow. I think I could easily us this in my fourth grade writing class. Thanks for the great idea.

Enjoy Teaching English said...

This is exactly what I'm planning to try this year!Every year I change the behavior procedure to keep the fun!Will share with my materials once they're ready!
It would be great also to see some photos of the classroom!

Thank you,


Alicia Lochridge said...

@ Lusine: I will definitely work on posting classroom photos once I return to work. Expect them late August / early September. Thanks for your support.


Angie Brown said...

I just posted about my classroom VIP procedures check it out on our blog. I am doing a Beach theme this year so I named it Surfer of the Week. Hope you enjoy! I love your blog by the way.

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Mrs. Patton said...

Thank you so much for sharing!

*FARMERS* said...

I do something really similar to this in my classroom. One thing that I tried last year (and really liked :) was to invite the parents to come & read the student's favorite book to the class. It was great PR with the parents & the students LOVED having their family come to school. I had a Grandma that even acted out the story for the fun! :)

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Michelle S said...

I love that you don't tell them until Monday and put the materials on their desk...I always send something home with them the Thursday/Friday before it's their week...but I think I might switch it (maybe next school year) to this way! Sounds like fun!

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