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Several of our blogs highlight the importance of reward and recognition for leaders and teachers, and in our WOWMANIA blog we also talk about getting students involved:

Reward and Recognition the WOWMANIA Way!

Putnam Heights Academy (OK) Positive Post-Its

How to Lead Teachers to Become Great in Practice at the School and District Levels

Teacher Performance and the Leader

Reward and recognition is a feedback process; for teachers, a quality feedback process is as much about students reflecting on information as it is about students receiving it. The same holds for leaders. As teachers and leaders we want to recognize high performance. Recognition as feedback can be applied by the leader, by the teacher, and by student peers.

The blogs above highlight reward and recognition practices for leaders and teachers and focus on rewarding and recognizing good performance, while WOWMANIA also suggests getting students involved. Here’s an example of recognizing fellow students by Logan, a freshman at Trimble County High School, in rural Kentucky:

B.I.O.N.I.C is believe it or not, I care. I asked teachers and leaders at my school to provide the names of students who needed a pat on the back or a boost. Then I made about three hundred cookies! I asked the school to help me distribute (anonymously) the cookies to the kids they identified. The kids loved being recognized!

Logan’s initiative embodies his District’s slogan that “It’s about every student, every day.” Remember, as leaders and teachers harvesting student wins requires that teachers put a plan into action and that they remember two things: (1) Recognized behavior gets repeated, and (2) It takes three compliments to one criticism to get positive results (see Rath, 2004). Enlisting the help of students like Logan is one way to help teachers begin harvesting wins.

Everyone likes to be recognized and rewarded when they do something good. And when our actions are rewarded, we repeat them. We often express what students do wrong, but seldom reward and recognize for good performance or making gains toward learning targets. Great teachers openly recognize what students are doing to move closer to achieving the learning targets. Recognizing and rewarding good work along the way motivates students to keep practicing until they reach the final goal. Logan found a way to work with teachers and school officials to do this for his peers.

 

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Logan is a freshman at Trimble County High School, Bedford, Kentucky. He applied and was selected to participate in a leadership program for freshman and sophomores.

Trimble County High School is located in Bedford, Kentucky. The mission of Trimble County High School is “to empower the faculty, students, parents, and staff to grow, compete and excel in today’s post secondary environment.” Check out the TCHS News Page and the District website to see what’s happening in Trimble County schools where “It’s about every student, every day.”

B.I.O.N.I.C was featured in a national guidance publication of the American School Counselors Association several years ago (personal communication; see http://www.schoolcounselor.org/index.asp).

Pilcher, J. and Largue, R. (2009). How to Lead Teachers to Become Great: It’s All About Student Learning. Gulf Breeze, FL: Fire Starter Publishing.

Rath, T. (2004). The best ways to recognize employees. Gallup Management Journal.

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