Many schools already do this with great success. Here’s how it works: Whenever you, your teachers or staff see a student doing something that show’s good character, reward them. Students really look forward to being recognized and it gives them incentive to “Be Good”.
There are few of ways to do it:
- Print up little “Good Character” slips of paper, give them out when appropriate, then have the students purchase prizes from the “Character Cart” (of course, you’ll have to create a character cart with prizes). Larger prizes cost more slips.
- Have the teachers make notes of the students that were caught with good character, report them to the principal and have the principal announce every morning who and why they were caught with good character. (Doesn’t cost a penny, but students get to hear their name and feel great!)
- Give out “Good Character” slips throughout the week, put them all in a bin, then choose one randomly at the end each week for a prize. (I’m not a huge fan of this one because only one child gets recognized each week)
- “Good Character Contest” – The student at the end of each week with the most Character slips gets a big prize. All others get a small prize. All are recognized.
The most important thing to remember is to recognize each child for “Being Good”.
I appreciate your comments.
Dedicated to reducing bullying at your school!
John Abrams – www.AmazingSchoolAssemblies.com
Southern California’s Top Elementary School Assembly Performer