I use these awards/certificates for student recognition. I don't tell them about the awards; I simply post them one day. Usually, the majority of students receive at least 1 award because there are so many categories. After they are posted the first time, students strive to see what they can get next time. Again, I don't tell them when I am going to post them again because I want them to continue to do a good job.
The awards/certificates are as follows:
Vocabulary Wizard! - I am a huge believer in the power of vocabulary, so my students are constantly given new words, quizzed over them, and required to use them in their writing. This award is for the student that consistently does well with vocabulary.
Amazing Participator! - This award is for the student who always participates - right or wrong.
Great Improver! - This is a special award because even if a student is not making A's, he/she can be recognized for doing better. This recognizes students that may not otherwise receive recognition.
Homework Master! - This is for the student that ALWAYS (or mostly :)) turns in his/her homework. Dependent on your demographic of children, homework turn-in may be a challenge.
Outstanding Helper! - This is for the student who lends a helping hand to anyone. Maybe he/she shares pencils, gives paper, or helps with finding the right answer.
Awesome Leader! - This is for the student who leads by example. He/she is well behaved, listens, and leads both in and out of group settings.
Terrific Team Player! - This is for the student who works well with others, regardless of personalities. He/she is willing and ready to work.
The first time I did this, I was surprised at how the high school students responded to them. After laminating each one, I posted them around the room across the top of the boards. I put them all together by type. When the students first saw them, they looked for their names. When they realized they may have more than one, it created an amazing response.
After they had been posted for at least a month, but no more than two, I took them down and allowed the students to take them home. Surprisingly, my high school students said they hang them on the refrigerator.
In this document, there are 14 pages. The first 7 have a space to write which 'hour' you have the student. For example, at my school there are 8 different class blocks. So, as an example, I put - 1st Hour's Timmy Tom - on the lines.
The first 7 pages have this option.
The second 7 pages do not. Just a place for the student's name.
In the bubble, I write either a date (Sep. 2015) or quarter (1st quarter).