Do you do end of the year awards? Every year I present my students with an award that is specifically chosen just for them. Every child is good at something and they should be recognized for it. I think about student and how they have grown from that first day of school way back in August until now, the end of May. That child who never gives up, the one who completes all their work and is willing to redo something because they did it wrong the first time- that child has perseverance. They deserve the award for Perseverance. Then there are those who automatically jump in to help, they aren't hoping for a clip-up or a recognition, their willingness to help automatically is just who they are. They receive the Teacher Helper award.
During the last week of school we have our awards day in our classroom. As I announce each name the class claps for that child as they come up to shake my hand and receive their award. I acknowledge each student as to why they are receiving their specific award. I think it is really important to tell the student why I picked them for the award. It also tells the other students the characteristics of what I consider to be award worthy.
This year I decided to change up my basic awards and finally created some fun end of the year awards to use in my classroom. I made two versions one set is in color, the other set can be printed on color paper.
You can get these on sale now in my TpT store.