Monday, April 9, 2012

How Do You Celebrate Student Success?

Celebrating student success and "graduation" from speech has always been a big deal in my classroom. The goal of speech is to get out of the program, not be in speech until you are 35! So many of my students do not want to graduate out of speech. They (thankfully) love coming to speech. Young students don't quite understand the concept of being dismissed. One student thought I was mean because I didn't come play with him anymore. That broke my heart! So I had to get creative and make being dismissed out of speech something they all are looking forward to. I kept my old cap and gown from college and keep it in my room. When the students are dismissed, we have a graduation ceremony for them and a popcorn party! I dress the student up in my cap and gown and take their picture with their speech diploma! All of the photos are displayed on a wall in my room and are used as motivation for my current students.


How do you celebrate success?

4 comments:

  1. Could you post a copy (or a freebie) of your speech diplomas? I would love to see an example! Thanks!

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  2. Love this idea!!!!! I would love to see your "diplomas" also!! Some of the ones I've found are either REALLY babyish or boring!!

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  3. Thanks ladies! I actually have not made my own speech diploma. What I use are the "Student of the Week" certificates you get at the dollar store! They are colorful and the kids like them. I usually attach a pencil or a treat to the certificate. If i end up making my own diplomas (you have kind of motivated me to :) I will be sure to post them!

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  4. I also have a little graduation party :) I let them choose a friend and they come to my room during their lunch/recess time. They eat lunch in my room then have free choice of games to play. I give them a certificate and a prize as well. It is always something fun for the student to do after putting in so much work at speech.

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