Creating a Compliment Community

Giving compliments is a crucial life skill that students need to learn and practice! This blog post has ideas and freebies that will help you build a classroom community that invites students to give compliments.
Teaching involves so much more than just math, reading, science and social studies. We are nurturing little humans and it is crucial to develop a community that is conducive to giving compliments. The year always starts off with community building. A part that often gets forgotten is teaching kids how to give compliments. Keep on reading to find out how I address this in my classroom and create that compliment community (oh and there are a few freebies for you).  

At the beginning of the year, many of the skills that I like to teach involve reading a picture book. Students can make a connection with these books and they often lead to deep discussions. An added bonus is, you can refer to these books the rest of the year to help your students remember the lessons of the book and what you are expecting in your classroom community. 


USING A BOOK:

One of the first books I use is Have you Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud. It is an amazing book full of beautiful illustrations. It uses the idea that everyone has an invisible "bucket" that they carry around with them. Others can either fill the bucket (being kind, giving compliments, making others feel welcome) or they can dip into buckets (bullying, leaving kids out, name-calling). This ties in perfectly with giving compliments in the classroom!
Giving compliments is a crucial life skill that students need to learn and practice! This blog post has ideas and freebies that will help you build a classroom community that invites students to give compliments.


COMPLIMENT CAN:

I found this adorable mini garbage can at our local dollar store. It is the perfect size to become a "Compliment Can". Throughout the week, my students can grab a slip of paper and write a compliment for someone in the classroom. They drop the compliment in the can when they are finished writing it all out. We talk about what a compliment is, how to write one and why we don't just give our best friends compliments each week. I also add a compliment to the can every day. 
Giving compliments is a crucial life skill that students need to learn and practice! This blog post has ideas and freebies that will help you build a classroom community that invites students to give compliments.
During our morning meeting on Fridays, I had out the compliments in the can. We call this our "Spread the Love Moment". We celebrate the compliments that are in the can and the students that received them. Students that receive a compliment have the option to read them aloud to the class or keep them private. Note: I always screen the compliments before handing them out, something mean can end up on the slips and that would not make for a very good day.
Giving compliments is a crucial life skill that students need to learn and practice! This blog post has ideas and freebies that will help you build a classroom community that invites students to give compliments.

You can grab the compliment tags as a freebie in my TpT store by clicking here. But keep reading first, because I have one more idea!! 

SCHOOL WIDE COMPLIMENTS:

You can build a school wide compliment community by placing these sheets in your teacher's lounge. Anytime a staff member sees a student (or a staff member) going above and beyond, they can quickly fill out the sheet and stick it in the teacher's mailbox. The teachers can then deliver them to the child or keep the little note if it is something they did. 
Giving compliments is a crucial life skill that students need to learn and practice! This blog post has ideas and freebies that will help you build a classroom community that invites students to give compliments.
Want to use this sheet in your classroom or school? Click here to download the freebie. How do you fill buckets and build a classroom compliment community?
Giving compliments is a crucial life skill that students need to learn and practice! This blog post has ideas and freebies that will help you build a classroom community that invites students to give compliments.







21 comments

  1. I love the compliment can! What a cute idea!!

    Bethany
    FabandFunin4th!

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    1. I am so excited to start using this! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. I'd like to compliment you on this incredibly cool idea---a compliment can!! I love how positive this is. Sometimes we focus too much on the negative, and this is a great idea to change that! Love it! I'm gonna copy cat you. (and I love that cute can!)

    Ali
    Teaching Powered by Caffeine

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    1. Thanks for the kind words. I agree that we often focus on the negatives. During the summer I work at a state park in retail and I am surprised every day how many kiddos don't have manners or speak to each other in a positive way. At times it actually bothers me a bit! Hopefully this compliment can helps my kiddos realize how good it feels to give compliments and how it is going to make the other person feel as well!! Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE your compliment can! Great job and great idea!!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I am so excited to start using this in September!

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  4. Love the idea of the compliment can - will definitely be using this in my class next year!
    Growing Little Learners

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    1. :) I hope that you can use it in your room! Everyone needs a compliment once in a while! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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  5. Oh! This is DARLINNNNG! I love the compliment can! PINNING!!! :)
    Courtney
    ramonarecommends

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    1. If only my pictures were a tad bit nicer! But, PIN AWAY! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Love the compliment can! So cute!

    I am moving up to 4th grade next year and I am PUMPED to find your blog! =)
    Ms. Smith
    Adventures of Ms. Smith

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    1. I hope to be working on some products geared just to fourth grade in the next few weeks. I am just working on the outlines now. When I post them I think I will do a flash freebie! Make sure you follow my Instagram, Facebook or TpT so you can snag up a copy! Thanks for stopping by!!

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  7. That trash can is adorable! As teachers we turn trash into treasure - get it? haha Sorry, I'm super lame.

    The name is also adorable!

    Anisa @ Creative Undertakings

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    1. I stopped over at your blog and followed! :) I like the lame comment. It made me giggle! I guess we are both lame. Oh well. Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. I LOVE your Compliment Can, that's adorable!! I'm wishing I had one of those machines so I could cut those letters :) I guess stickers from Michaels might work too :) Thanks for the adorable idea!!!

    Briana
    Sun, Sand & Second Grade

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    1. You could totally find some adorable stickers and do the same! Or you could make a label and tape/modpodge it on!! I am sure it would turn out adorable!!

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  9. Absolutely you should add a pink daisy to your sign to finish it off. I need to go pick up one of these signs. I have a pink one, but it says Drama Queen, which you know is so fititng for me. I am absolutely in LOVE with the Compliment Can! PERFECT!
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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    1. Yes you need a sign. Hehe. You should put "drama queen" on your classroom door. All the kiddos could call you Ms. Queen!! :) {They probably already do though!} Thanks for the kind feedback on TpT. Made my heart sing!

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  10. I am dying for a Cricut. I would vinyl everything.
    The compliment can is adorable! Cute, cute idea!!!

    -Caitlyn
    Fourth Grade Lemonade

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    1. I love my Cricut. I actually have TWO of them... I keep telling my hubs that I am going to sell my smaller one- but just can't seem to part with it.

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  11. I am in love with your Compliment Can (both the idea AND the trash can!) And I've been dying for a Cricut! Gosh - people are making the cutest things with those machines! I'm a fourth grade teacher and your newest follower!

    Sarah
    Beyond The Gradebook

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