1. This is a great idea, George! I know that some of the Grade 2 teachers at our school do this, and really enjoy it too. I know that the students do as well. It makes them feel really special, and allows the entire class to get a glimpse into each child. This definitely is giving me something to consider!


  2. Evanbeek

    While I agree that students should not be awarded for being good human beings, there are “rewards” FOR being a good person…inner peace, fulfillment, happiness (even in tough times), and a general satisfaction in life! I love your idea of “tweaking” student of the week. Students love to talk about themselves; why not have them teach their class something about themselves? The important thing to remember is that we want to encourage children to become great people; the only way to do that is to teach by example!

  3. Lyn

    Some of our classes feature a "Star Student" each week, and the display highlights some of the student's favorite things. One Gr. 1 teacher even writes one story about each child every day in the first 22 morning meetings, with students dictating the information they'd like to share as she creates the story on a giant piece of poster paper. They're then displayed in the hallway for all to see. I like the idea of having students own their time in the spotlight, and making sure that opportunity I extend to all students. Your post is a nice reminder!

  4. I've always done this, putting out a schedule the first week of the year. Each student gets a week, and a table with a bulletin board above it. They bring in trophies/ribbons, souvenirs from vacations, make a collage of pictures of them and their families – they can decorate their space in any way they choose. Students can also have a pet visit during their week (either a cage in the classroom or a visit to the classroom or playground), and bring in a treat to share. On the first day of the week, they get up and present their stuff, explaining everything they brought to share. It's a great week to let each student shine and share!

  5. alford300

    I actually got rid of the MVP for the week last year, and I did the Identity Day with my students. I think that having an MVP for the week makes the rest of the kids feel like they are not as important and there are those students whose parents do not help them make a picture board or show up to take them to lunch , so I thought it did more harm than good. This year I am still doing the Identity Day at the end of the year, but for the beginning of the year I am having them make an explosion box, which is a box full of things about you. We will take the first month to create these boxes and then on Friday part of our Daily 5 is read to another student, so they can choose a person or two to share their explosion box with so we can build relationships in the classroom. I feel this is will be more effective because everyone is sharing about themselves, but this way it is more intimate….a conversation with another classmate. Conversing is a skill that needs to be practiced and this is an authentic way to have a conversation with another friend about most students' favorite topic….themselves!
    Thanks for the idea of Identity Day! It has made me rethink a lot of what we do in our classroom!

  6. dallasfolk

    This is a great post! Do you feel that this can be achieved at the high school level with the same effectiveness? I can easily see this in the elementary end of my school. Unfortunately I don't have the opportunity to teach anything below grade 7 this year. It seems as though High School is more focused on academics and sports. With that focus it is easy to have those awards nights where these people are put on centre stage and recognized. So how do we go about changing that in High School? This is a tough one. A great post that has definitely got me thinking.

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