I love awards, I love award ceremonies, I love seeing a group of boys and girls holding up a piece of paper like it is a million dollars and smiling a big, missing-toothy grin at the parents! Even cuter, one certificate is usually upside down!!!
I also loved filling out awards, I would put a heart next to Mrs. Smith on everything. I love teaching and I love kids, just like all of you... but the kids need to know it too! No matter what type of awards my schools would buy, I write "♥Mrs. Smith" or "Love, Mrs. Smith" on every, single one! Even when there is no line, I squeeze it into the corner. Any chance we get to build a relationship with our students, we need to take it.
So many teachers don't understand, the more work you put into the relationship, the less work you will have to put into discipline! When your kids love you and know that you love them, they will bend over backwards to be good for you ~ I guarantee it! The extra time spent writing "♥Mrs. Smith" on all the awards is ten-times better than having to write an office referral.