Monday, December 22, 2008

100th Post: 100 ways to Say "Well Done!" to Students

This is our 100th blog post. Wow. When I started this little blog in August 2008, I had no idea if I could actually have enough to say about teaching in London to keep up with a blog. Turns out I do. Well how 'bout that?

So to celebrate, I thought I'd include
100 Ways to Say Well Done to Students. There are plenty of these lists out there on the web. Most are 50 ways, and tend to be fairly American in their statements (there's nothing wrong with that, but when teaching in the UK you should try to use more British terms). I found this handy list of 90 ways on a Surrey UK website, so I wanted to share it with you & add 10 more of my own.

Primary Schools

Social Rewards
  1. verbal praise, stating what the pupil has done that was good, and why
  2. making eye contact with a smile, wink, or nod of the head
  3. putting a hand on the pupil's shoulder, ruffling the hair, or pat on the back (NB some children do not like physical contact)
  4. quick hug (where age or maturity appropriate for a teacher to do this)
  5. handshake: soul shake (“Give me five”); finger handshake (hook one finger with one of the pupil's); group handshake
  6. calling the pupil's parents to tell them something positive
  7. telling another pupil something positive about the pupil (so that the pupil can hear)
  8. telling the headteacher something positive about the pupil (so that the pupil can hear)
  9. asking the pupil to show other pupils how to do something s/he can do well
  10. eating with the pupil at lunchtime
  11. going out at playtime with the pupil
  12. working with the pupil
  13. playing a game with the pupil
  14. letting the pupil spend time with the caretaker, school secretary, or headteacher
Special Responsibilities
  1. student chooses the next activity for the class
  2. student chooses a game for the class to play
  3. student feeds the class pet
  4. student waters the class or headteacher's or secretary's plants
  5. student reads to the class or to a younger class
  6. student controlls the video
  7. student gets to be the door monitor for the day
  8. student gets to pass out and collect in special equipment
  9. student gets to be a team captain and choose a team
  10. student gets to give the questions in a class test
  11. student gets to be the headteacher's or secretary's special assistant for half a morning
  12. student gets to put up a display with an adult or on their own
  13. student gets to choose the next book for story time;
  14. student gets to choose the next song to sing
  15. student can take the class pet home for the weekend
  16. student can take a note or message to other teachers in the school
  17. student takes a note or the register (aka attendance) to the office
  18. student can open or close the curtains
  19. student can be the book monitor
  20. student can use some special equipment not normally available for pupil use. . .
  21. student can be assistant referee in a game
  22. student can blow the whistle at playtime
  23. student can do something only teachers or older pupils are usually allowed to do. . .
Special Activities
  1. student can sit in the teacher's chair
  2. student can have extra free time; free choice activity
  3. student can play with puzzles
  4. student can be the leader of the line
  5. student can paint, draw or model
  6. student can watch a film or television programme
  7. student can play with a ‘bumper fun book’ type puzzle and activity sheets
  8. student can have extra playtime
  9. student can have extra P.E.
  10. teacher reads to the class a story the pupil has written
  11. student can have extra time to read a book to him/herself
  12. student can write on the blackboard
  13. student can wash equipment or clean
  14. students can play team games within the classroom
  15. student can choose the place to work at
  16. student can play the piano, keyboard or other instrument
  17. student can choose to not wear uniform for a day
  18. student can put head down and resting for 10 minutes
Tangible Rewards
  1. achievement award
  2. special badge
  3. special headband
  4. special note to headteacher
  5. name on roll of honour in class or in the hall
  6. sticker
  7. comment on the pupil's work
  8. item of school equipment (eg pencil case)
  9. sweets, biscuits or cake
  10. nuts, crisps (aka chips), etc
  11. helping to plan a party
  12. going to the library
  13. playing board games
  14. being the last in the line
  15. using modelling clay
  16. using a tape recorder
  17. colouring in pattern sheets (eg Altair patterns)
  18. staying in at playtime
  19. extra time on the computer
  20. choosing a book to read from the ‘special’ library section
  21. using a stopwatch
  22. cleaning the blackboard
  23. sharpening the pencils
  24. enacting a play
  25. being the chair for the class debate
  26. going on a field trip or excursion out of school
  27. extra time on a favourite subject
  28. tidying up a special area
  29. certificate
  30. special sash
  31. special armband
  32. special note to parents
  33. name on special poster
  34. stamp on work or on hand
  35. toy or game
  36. book, comic, magazine
  37. drink
  38. fruit
My 10 Ways
  1. Have the students who went above & beyond in an assignment get to stay in and have Hot Chocolate with the teacher. I did this for a Mind Map project and 5 of my year 6 students stayed in. They loved it!
  2. Have a friendly chat with the student about one of their favourite interests to show you really are impressed with their work & can now talk about other things. I had a student who had carrier pigeons at home so when he did well, I'd ask him to tell me more ab0ut them.
  3. Have a special hat that the student can wear during story time, while they help you turn the pages. I had a great big gold sparkly hat one student could wear during our Roald Dahl story time. Boys & girls loved it.
  4. Hold a raffle, and students can earn raffle tickets. The grand prizes can be special pencils, stickers, or anything that students love.
  5. Send the student to one of the other teachers to show off their work. Make sure you do this when you know the other teacher won't mind the interruption.
  6. Have a giant puzzle in the classroom that the whole class is working on, and when they've done a great job at their work they can work on the puzzle. I did this with a London puzzle that the students loved to work on. They could find their neighbourhood & landmarks they knew. It worked like a charm!
  7. Say "well done" in their language.
  8. Have the student help you with the register (attendance sheet).
  9. Each morning, say "good morning" in a different language. Have the student choose the language for one day.
  10. Do a "Star of the Week" as many primary schools do. Celebrate that student's success in their behaviour or academic achievements.

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