This is a one page file that includes cards that students can use to "shout out" to their classmates who have demonstrated great character traits in class.
I copy and cut a stack of these cards and leave them next to a small plastic tub. Students take them as they need them and fill them out with the student's name, what character trait they witnessed, and they explain the act of great character on the card and then they place the completed card in the tub. I take a couple of minutes each Friday morning to read the cards, the class celebrates together, and the student gets to keep the card. This increases classroom community, encourages students to seek positive recognition, and empowers students to say nice things to each other!
Once in a while I will fill out a few card for those students who seem like they just need to hear something positive and it can really turn around a bad attitude!
I hope you and your classroom community find this useful!