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This Week's #PTchat - Recognizing Students for In & Out of School Accomplishments

By Joe Mazza

In June, we spent an hour on #PTchat talking about whether Awards Assemblies were best for all kids. We agreed it was good to recognize students for all they do, but one takeaway highlighted how difficult it is for some students to be a part of the audience when year after year, their names are NOT the ones called, even if they made great strides during the school year. 

 School counselors Tori Rubbo/Elyse Johnson do a fantastic job recognizing elementary students on Friday morning announcements. These take the form of Character Counts Tickets recognized by staff & parents.

Building natural recognitions for students "into the bricks" of the school is one of the goals many of us have for a healthy school culture. If we naturally recognize our students for what they do each day, whether for an in school or out of school happening, we can boost self-esteem and continue developing deep relationships with students. When our students feel valued and appreciated by their teachers, parents and peers, they are more likely to be happy and comfortable within their learning community. 

This week on #PTchat, we're asking you to bring your best ideas on how you recognize students throughout the course of the school year. Do you have something weekly on the announcements? Do you hand out character counts tickets? Post names and accomplishments in your school newsletter? Let's develop a list of ideas to bring back to our schools. This is a great chat to have your own children sit in on to help answer the questions because in the end, we want to recognize students with their voice in mind.

Join us this Wednesday, 11/28 at 9PM EDT / 6PM PST for #PTchat. 

 

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Posted on November 26, 2012 by Joe Mazza

Joe Mazza (@Joe_Mazza) is lead learner at Knapp Elementary School in suburban Philadelphia. He is also a doctoral learner at the University of Pennsylvania studying social media’s impact on home-school partnerships. Participate in a weekly #PTchat (Parent-Teacher Chat) that he hosts on Wednesdays at 9 pm. Eastern. He writes a blog aimed to share innovative family engagement ideas for schools called eFACE Today.

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