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    Students choose student of the week
    By Robin

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    I have my fourth graders choose the student of the week. On Thursdays, I give the students a half sheet of paper on which they write 3-6 sentences explaining why the person they chose should be student of the week. I rotate each week having a boy/girl. Next, I take all of the votes and select the one with the most votes. Then I write a paragraph using all of the sentences the students wrote about the student. I record these sentences on our weekly newsletter. I also have a small poster that I have printed on 11x17 copy paper that the student of the week completes and decorates. The student of the week receives the poster on Friday and spends the weekend decorating it. It comes back on Monday and I laminate it before hanging it in the hall. After a few weeks, I take the poster down and return it to the student.

    I like this method for several reasons. First, students are very thoughtful about who they vote for student of the week. Because they have to write several sentences about that person, they do not pick their best friend who is sometimes rude, or the most popular child. It also encourages students to be more considerate of each other because they want to be student of the week. The student of the week has several privileges...first pick of a job, show & tell opportunity, etc.

    I hope this helps. There is a copy of the poster and nomination form on my website at

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