Students use the Anonymous Compliment Board to celebrate the positive acts and statements that they witness each other performing and saying.

Objectives

  1. Cognitive: Students will be able to acknowledge their peer’s positive efforts and acts.
  2. Affective: Students may feel more respected and valued when others notice their positive acts and words.

Materials

A whiteboard/poster board/designated space, Post‐its, Pens/Markers

Teacher Prep

In your classroom, mount a board to the wall and designate it as the Accomplishment Board for the class.

Exercises

Time Activity Notes
2 min
  • Explain that each student will be contributing to the Anonymous Compliment Board.
Encourage students to celebrate both small “wins”.
3 min
  • Each time a student witnesses another person in the class engage in a positive (kind, thoughtful, generous, sympathetic, etc), they should feel free to write what they saw and/or heard on the board *without* using any names– they will not their own name or the other person’s name–just a brief description of the positive act or words they witness.

Optional: Suggest to students that they add something to the board at least once a week.

Suggest students consider behavior they see in and out of class.
5 min
  • After a predetermined number of posts have been made or on a regular schedule, celebrate the class’s positive acts by reading some or all of them aloud.
  • Ask students to write about and/or discuss: What’s it like to look for positive acts and words in others? What’s it like for others to notice when you are doing or saying positive things? How may this activity help us to feel more respected or valued?
Optional: If it is taking time to have people post anything on the board, consider making it an anonymous box where everyone puts a piece of paper every day even if they leave it blank.  Then one person would put the posts up on the board at the end of the day.

Teacher Reflection

How did you feel after the activity? Did students participate and seem engaged? Remember to ask the students to share their feedback on the activity: What went well? What suggestions do they have for making the activity better? Think about what you might do differently next time.

Emotional Intelligence Tips

  • Add to the board often when you notice students’ positive acts and words
  • Encourage students to encourage others’ efforts and read the board frequently

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