If you know me well, you know how much I believe in the power of telling kids WHO they are. I love praising kids not just when they succeed, but when they progress and improve, too. The end of the school year is one of my favorite times of the year for doing just that. While I think it’s important to celebrate growth and progress all year long, I love giving kids tangible pieces of praise in the form of awards to affirm how much they’ve grown throughout the year.
I am so excited about these growth mindset awards! These tangible pieces of paper praise are great for recognizing yearlong growth, but they’re also perfect to give to kids ANY time of the year! These awards are growth mindset specific and highlight the attributes and characteristics of kids who embrace the attitude of positive thinking.
I love how these simple paper pieces of affirmation instill a sense of pride within our kids and let’s be honest…who doesn’t love to be praised?! (raises hand). There’s nothing more awesome than watching their faces light up when they’re being honored and recognized in front of their peers. They love to know they’re seen and valued!
My favorite thing about these awards is that they’re not time specific. Any time you feel like praising your kids for their growth mindset is a great time to give them that recognition.
To add a little something extra to the mix, I thought it would be fun to pair these awards with little gifts to reinforce the importance of having a growth mindset. I found these brain puzzlers and erasers that fit the bill PERFECTLY!
These 3D brain teaser puzzles (affiliate link) are so much fun and really encourage kids to put their problem solving skills, grit, determination, & perseverance to good use. These are available in packs of 12 for less than $10 and make such great little gifts.
I absolutely LOVE the idea of gifting students these brain erasers (affiliate link) along with their growth mindset awards, too. These are available in packs of 24 for just a little over $10 and make such a great growth mindset reminder and reinforcement!
There are 38 unique awards designed to recognize different attributes and characteristics of growth mindset within each of your students. Each award is completely editable. Change the phrasing, add names, & adjust the dates to use year after year. Just open the file and fill out the form fields as you wish….easy peasy! Both color & black/white (ink saving) award templates are included.
How do you like to celebrate your students?!
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