As part of our drive towards greater personalisation of learning here at Norris Bank, we have sta rted using a system of personalised appreciation stickers.
Teachers always use stickers as a reward, for both good work and good behaviour. However, usually these stickers are generic ‘well done’ stickers so that after the event children often forget why they were given it.
Working closely with Helen, we developed a system whereby the children would know exactly why they were being given a sticker. Starting initially with just one class, we are now rolling the system out throughout all our Key Stage 2 classes and over the coming year will introduce it to the rest of the school.
The children designed stickers that had space where the teacher (or indeed a fellow pupil) could write the reason for being awarded the sticker. These stickers were bright and cheerful, and were then put onto a personalised sticker chart.
This sticker chart was designed by the pupils as part of their ICT lesson, so that they really had ownership of the project. Over time, the stickers created a ‘bank’ of real examples of occasions when they had been proud of what they had done – be that socially, emotionally or academically.
This information then feeds into the One Page Profiles, as there are real examples of what each pupil is good at, and it reflects their strengths very clearly.
‘these stickers provide very real evidence of the strengths of each child, and it certainly increased their self esteem and sense of self worth.’ (Class Teacher)