First, can I just say how absolutely overjoyed I am to be here?!? I'm Pamela from Hedgehog Reader, and I am beyond tickled to be a part of this exciting new collaboration on All About 3rd Grade!
Today I want to share with you something special I love to do with my students in the last days of school: Students' Choice Awards.
When I first started developing this idea many years ago, I had two priorities:
1. I was looking for a student-centered way to close out the year. Each year, we work so hard to build a classroom community together, and I wanted a ritual that honors this.
2. I wanted each and every student to feel honored. (I did not want this to be some kind of popularity contest where some students felt great and others felt left out.)
And that is how the Students' Choice Awards annual event was born!
In a nutshell, the Students' Choice Awards is a last-day-of-school celebration in which every student receives recognition for a character trait or other valued behavior. The balloting occurs earlier in the week because - quite frankly - me counting up the votes and figuring out who won what is the most time-consuming part of this celebration!
I've tried different approaches over the years, but here is my basic timeline. Feel free to adapt it to suit your own needs!
*A* You must nominate every student for one award.
*B* You may nominate each student for ONLY ONE award.
*C* Each award can have at most two nominees - one boy and one girl.
*D* It's OK for an award to have only one boy or only one girl - or not any nominees at all. Not every award needs to be awarded.
As promised, here is the ballot that I am using this year. You are welcome to use it as is, or to use it as inspiration to create your own! I put the full color version up on our SmartBoard, and then distribute black and white versions to my students.
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