Year End Awards with a Reflective Twist!

It’s almost the end of June. Right now we are powering down our school year. Last week, Lory Walker Peroff published an article in Edutopia about “Using Student Awards to Promote Self-Reflection”.

We love this idea! We agree that “more reflective and meaningful, have students think deeply on their accomplishments and growth areas to create a specialized award for themselves.”

We thought it would work well for students if you spent some time brainstorming things that they are proud they accomplished this year – or areas of growth that they are proud of. We pulled these four suggestions from the Edutopia article:

  1. Self-made awards (for example, amazing athlete, most empathetic, caring community leader)
  2. Awards to celebrate growth (What are they proud of?)
  3. Awards for meeting milestones (Where do they feel they experienced success?)
  4. Group awards (Community awards, environmental awards, or award for a special project)

We would love to see a sample of what your students brainstormed on our Facebook page! You can download a free awards template here. Of course, your students might like to design their own.

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