Praise Pass

Choose a particular character quality in which you see your students needing to improve, such as kindness, honesty, determination or being positive and then teach or review with them the definition of that quality and how to display it to ensure they all understand.  Award students a “Praise Pass” when you see them using the quality appropriately and when they are caught doing the right thing. Next, assist that student in catching someone else exhibiting the quality as well. They then get to “Pass the Praise” onto that person by recognizing him or her. You can make certificates the students can take home and show their families which can state something like: “Today I used the character quality of KINDNESS at school.  My teacher is so proud of me.  I helped my classroom be a better place because I chose to be kind.”


by Allyson Willis