When you award your students for their hard work, they will not only feel great that you have noticed all of the hard work that they have poured into their studies, but they will also have a renewed motivation to keep working hard and to keep achieving great things. As a teacher, it can sometimes be difficult to motivate your students to work hard and to excel in their studies, but with the proper reinforcement, you can get them to meet their goals and to not only meet them but to exceed them as well.
You can use an award to strengthen good behavior and to boost the confidence of a student who may be lacking in that area. It can also boost morale and can encourage a little friendly competition in the classroom. You can encourage your students to work hard towards a specific goal and to participate. This is a huge motivating factor when you have a student who may be shy or who don’t like to participate in group activities very often.
Reasons to Give and Get a Trophy
Trophies and awards have never really gone away but they have simply evolved as our civilization has become more modernized. They sometimes mimic the earliest trophies, but these days you will see glass awards, trophies made of crystal, wood, metal, glass, or pretty much any other material that you can think of.
Some trophies are even given out just for fun, such as for class clown, but they’re still fun to receive, and they can make any occasion feel like the Oscars. You can make your students feel special by hosting an award show and presenting awards to each student who has worked hard to accomplish something whether it be good grades or passing a difficult test.
Many Different Ways to Reward Your Students
There are many different types of awards that you can use to recognize the hard work of your students. There are medals, plaques, trophies, and the list goes on and on. They may be made of plastic, metal, wood, or crystal for the higher end awards. You can also personalize their award to make it much more personable and meaningful.
Stay Within Your Budget
If you are getting an award for everyone in the class, but you have to stay within a specific budget, you may want to go for a material that is mid-range. Some companies will also offer a group discount if you are buying multiple awards.
Getting An Award Makes You Feel Good
Receiving an award for all of your hard work is a great way to feel appreciated and that you have been noticed for all of your hard work. Giving out awards for great work and for accomplishing great things is nothing new. Authors, athletes, students, actors and actresses, and employees have been given awards for centuries to not only encourage them to keep up the good work but to also show them that they have not gone unnoticed. An award is something that you can keep forever either on your desk or your bookshelf and is a boost to your self-confidence every time that you see it. Plus, it is a great conversation starter. It is also unique in that it is meaningful to you and no one else because you know exactly how much hard work you had to put into your project and goals to get it in the first place.
The History of Trophies
Trophies date back to ancient times and have taken many different forms. Greek troops used to construct trophies out of the armor of captured opponents, and they were often made to look like warriors. Olive branches were presented to victors of the ancient Greece Olympic games and awards in the Middle Ages often took the form of cup-shaped trophies. No matter what they looked like, they were a reminder of an accomplishment or a victory, and they were a status symbol.
A little bit of encouragement goes a long way and will contribute to motivating your students or employees. An award is a lasting vote of thanks and an “atta boy” that can be displayed.