How do you give your students recognition? Do you think a student can have too much recognition?
Students can never have too much recognition. Students are recognized by having their work hung on the wall throughout the school, special awards at the end of the year, given special privileges, and are talked highly of by the teacher in front of the class. At a young age, I believe this has a positive effect on most students. They see their friends do well, so they are encouraged to do better as well. At a higher grade level, however, many students become jealous of their peers and many good friendships are ended because of all the recognition one student receives. It is important to explain to the class why the students are being recognized so that the others do not just see it as favoritism. I know it is hard for teachers to encourage those that do not try as hard, so maybe by encouraging the hard working students to rub off on the others might help as well.