This tool is to creating a safe classroom community where students fill one another’s bucket. It creates a positive learning environment where students recognize the importance of compliments. Giving compliments makes students motivation for kindness intrinsic and on the receiving end, a student gets a confidence boost.
Teachers can use light-up buttons to stick on the wall/whiteboard and have options next to each button. The teacher will then light up the options that they allow students to do once their work is finished. This allows the students to visually see their options without having to ask the teacher. To make it more student-directed/collaborative teachers can ask students prior in the day what they want the options to be.
This tool is a helpful, supportive tool to allow students to engage in positive collaboration, and give compliments to other students. This activity helps students engage in thinking critically about what they’re viewing and what they like about someone else’s work. During this time, one student will be elected to use the projector to present their work. That student will then call on to students to give compliments about the presenting student’s work.
The “leave me a note” station serves as a valuable tool in the classroom to address varying communication needs among students. Providing a designated space for written communication, it not only helps manage excessive talking but also offers an avenue for quieter or more reserved students to express themselves comfortably.