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38 Student Awards Free Rewards For Elementary Students

Student awards are the best way to celebrate all the hard work students have put in during the week, term, semester, or year. Undoubtedly, it is one of the most economical, flexible, and effective ways to reward every student. A simple way to reward or award – some may argue – but one that is of significant value to both recipient and giver.

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Celebrating Success with Student Awards

Let’s face it, rewards motivate. And in the realm of elementary education, simple acknowledgments like the ‘Super Speller’ for acing spelling tests, the ‘Perfect Attendance’ for showing up every day, or the ‘Best Buddy’ for outstanding kindness, truly resonate. These accolades teach an invaluable lesson early on: the best things in life are earned, not given.

And if a student has been a good buddy to somebody – there’s the ‘Best Buddy’ award.

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Student Awards to Reward Students

My favorite/favourite is the ‘Shining Star for Homework Award’. Why so? Because for one thing, by submitting their homework every. single. time. students show their dedication to you and the subject you teach. It clearly indicates how conscientious they are – besides all that hard work after a busy school day just needs to be commended.

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When it comes to yearly recognition, Diploma Awards bring joy to everyone. This source of happiness could primarily stem from the fact that the year has come to an end and a glorious break awaits – but I like to think that all students are simply joyous because they are going to be awarded publically in class or perhaps even during a special awarding ceremony.

Whatever the reason – I’m just happy to give every student an award and all (or so I like to think) are equally happy to receive it. After all, it’s the extrinsic motivation that induces intrinsic motivation which in turn is subjective and results in a long-term much-desired outcome.

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Student Awards To Avoid

And yes, I prefer not to give a ‘Clown of the Class’ award or even ‘Most Improved’ award – just because these titles seem to have a negative connotation. Mind you, I mean no offence to clowns, but I feel their place is in the circus, not the classroom where ‘intense’ teaching and learning occurs.

My contention with the ‘Most Improved’ award lies with the subtle underlying message it conveys – namely that the student was not up to the mark before and is still not quite there – but is ‘improving’ – that might be so, but then think about it – we want every student to feel uplifted, not singled out.

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Embracing Diversity Through Student Awards

In a classroom bubbling with diverse cultures and backgrounds, our rewards must reflect inclusivity. Every student, regardless of their heritage, should feel seen and valued. This isn’t just about fairness; it’s about fostering an environment where every child can thrive.

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Invaluable Student Awards 

These creatively designed award certificates might be just an inexpensive piece of paper at the end of the day, but to students, it would mean a lot – to be recognized/recognised for their efforts, not just by their teachers and classmates, but the wider school community as well – now isn’t that characteristic of a holistic school environment.

You probably know all about the importance of awarding students and already have a huge collection of award certificates – but hey – why not add one more to your stash, best of all it’s free.

So grab your free awards today and spread a little more joy in your classroom!

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