1.01.2012

positive postcards

My new year's resolution is to notice my students more. As a new teacher, I feel like I am always rushing from one thing to the next and I forget to notice how stinkin' cute they are. Besides, children thrive on positive comments and attention {heck, so do adults}!

I created these postcards/notes that I will give to my students when I see them do something great/kind. I could write all the notes ahead of time, but I really want to make them specific to each child, so I won't. For example, when I see them doing something great or noteworthy, I will write a note to them that night and leave it on their desk the next morning.  Since I don't have all the time in the world, I will only be giving each student one note. {I may or may not mail them to their houses... I can't decide. I know that they would love to get mail... I'll have to think about that!}

Click the image below to download your own positive postcards:

I would love to hear how you use these in your classroom! Happy New Year! :)

How do you "notice" your students and make them feel special?

23 comments:

  1. These are gorgeous - you are so creative :)

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  2. Just saying...
    A million times over you are so creative!


    Yearn to Learn Blog

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  3. Those are so cute!!! I give my kiddos "Hoot Happies" (little owl pictures!) When they get 10, they get to pick a non-tangible reward like getting to eat lunch with me outside, or sitting at my desk, or something! The think it's so fun!! :)

    Sara
    Kindergarten Is A Hoot

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  4. Oh my....these are beyond cute--thanks for sharing!! :) If you teach matter in science, I have a bulletin board set freebie on my blog!

    I will use these to recognize those that go above and beyond--and those that are truly trying!! :)

    Thanks again

    Live Laugh and Love to Learn

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  5. C-U-T-E!!
    I love positive notes. I try to send one home to each child during every grading period.

    Jodi
    fun-in-first.blogspot.com

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  6. Lindsey these are adorable! Do you mind if I use them in my professional learning that I posted about on my blog yesterday?

    Happy New Year!
    - Sydney

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  7. These are adorable and awesome. What a great way to start off the new year:) Thanks for sharing:)

    4th Grade Frolics

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  8. Love these!!!! I have a class checklist in my classroom so when I "randomly" choose kids to give these little "sparkles" to, I mark it off so each child in my class gets one. Mine were purchased at the dollar spot, but I can't wait to print yours off and start using those.

    Whenever the mood strikes me, I pull out my "sparkles"and my check list and think of something specific to that child that they did well that day: stretched out a word, helped a friend, gave me a sweet picture, smile, answered a question in math...anything.

    I put it on their desk, then when they come back from lunch/recess, a special, media or when they first walk in the classroom in the morning it's there.

    Thanks - can't wait to download, print and use yours!!! :)


    Holly
    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

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  9. Such a great resolution!
    (I leave an anonymous note on their desk...in an envelope- out of the blue to different kids throughout the year...they love it!)
    Jennifer
    First Grade Blue SKies

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  10. This is a cute idea!!

    I have my students write "warm fuzzies" to each other. We have a special shoebox at the front of the room decorated with wrapping paper and pom pom balls. Then I have strips of paper that have, To: and For: written on them with a pom pom ball. The students can fill these out anonymously whenever they see another student doing something out of the ordinary/helpful/kind, etc.

    I told the students the purpose of warm fuzzies was because there's only 1 of me, and 32 of them and I don't always notice all of the nice things they do for each other throughout the day! At the end of the day I always read them aloud & let the students keep them. This makes them feel really good to be recognized for doing good things :)

    Good luck with your postcards!

    A Chocoholic Teacher

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  11. So cute and CONGRATS! I just read about you on the TPT newsletter. You are so awesome! Hey a little FYI, your link to your blog from your TPT store, links back to teacher pay teacher....or is it just me? Lovin the Valentine freebie as well! You rock.

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  12. Thank you so much for these beautiful cards! It is so important to recognize our students and this is a perfect way to do it! I also have a bunch of cards from Cara over at The First Grade Parade they are positive sayings/notes to give to my kids. They LOVE getting them and it improves behavior all in around in my class! Thanks again for sharing!

    Rambling About Reading

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  13. I love these postcards! :) When I taught third grade, I gave out "Mrs. _____ thinks your a rockstar" postcards when I saw my students put for extra effort were super kid, etc. They loved it and so did I! Thanks for the freebie so I can start doing this in my room again. :)

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  14. I LOVE these!! PRECIOUS!

    Thanks for sharing!!
    Sarah
    shetrick@gmail.com

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  15. These are so cute! My students will love these. It is my first year teaching and I feel the same way a lot of times. Love my kiddos so much, I just hope I let them know that enough.

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  16. Awesome! This will be a fun fresh idea to incorporate into the new year! I like to have new things come January!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  17. love, love, LOVE these, Lindsey!! Just printed out A TON today! Can't wait to start passing them out!!! THank you, thank you!!

    Cara :)
    The First Grade Parade

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  18. Lindsey,
    These are adorable. I totally understand the feeling of rushing from one thing to the next. A little over a year ago I realized this same problem...I choose 2 students a week and I write their names in my lesson plan book. I then make sure that I give extra attention to those 2 students all through the week. I praise them extra, I find time to talk to them, I peek in on their lunch and sit with them for a few minutes etc...This sounds methodical, but it really has made me more aware and helps me make sure every child feels special and loved!

    There's my 2 cents. LOL.


    Randi @ Teach It With Class

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  19. I love these cards! Thank you!

    One of Our School Family jobs is the cheerleader. This is the most precious job ever! The cheerleader has a celebration horn and they get to toot it when they notice a friend being kind and helpful. For example, the cheerleader will go up to a child and say "Lindsey, I am going to celebrate you for helping Heather tie her shoe." and blow the horn. The child that was just celebrated says, "Thank you for noticing that."

    We also have the Kindness Recorder who adds kind flowers and we add helpful hearts to fill our bucket.

    I would love for you to come read more about it on my blog! =)

    Heather
    Heather's Heart

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  20. These are so cute! I like to leave my kids sticky notes on their desks but these are way cuter!

    Mary
    Mrs. Lirette's Learning Detectives

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  21. This is such a sweet idea! I bet your kiddos totally love getting these. Thank you so much for sharing!

    ~ Katie

    http://firstgradeabcs.blogspot.com

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  22. Thanks so much for sharing these. They are terrific and it is such a great New Years Goal!

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thanks for the love ♥

 
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