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Classroom habits that can get you student awards


3 Student classroom behavior teachers look for when deciding who to give a special award

Most schools today look for balance in a student’s academic life. Outside having straight A’s, joining a club, or participating in community services impact your child is vying for special awards. [Aquila]

However, what a teacher has to say about a student can have more weight. All my kids received special awards on top of getting the highest honor. Their teachers recommended them.

Combined with excellent grades, the following classroom behaviors will help kids get noticed to get more leverage.

1. Raising hands and asking questions

I always remind my kids to raise their hands and ask questions. It developed their confidence, despite their bashful nature. I know it works because their teachers often mention how much they appreciate it.

  • Eagerness to learn is something teachers look for, even your child doesn’t have straight A’s.
  • Raising hands establishes positive rapport with the teacher.
  • Teachers always look for engagement.

2. Taking leadership roles

Seldom do students want to take leadership responsibilities; that’s why I always had to push my kid to volunteer as a group leader. Eventually, they relaxed to the idea that being a group or club leader isn’t that difficult.

  • Group projects is about team building but teachers take notice of students who take leadership roles.
  • It’s mostly excellent graders who contribute more to school projects, the reason parents should have a “team-building” exercise at home. For example, doing group chores or making kids involved in rearranging the house.

3. Always saying “hello” to the teacher

Again, it’s not just good grades that can get a student award. The teacher’s recommendation is equally essential. The more a student is known positively by a teacher, the better that student would be considered for special awards

  • Always saying “hello” to a teacher gets students noticed in a positive way.
  • Students who are “top of mind” will likely be recommended and recognized.
  • Greeting is not just respect but valuing authority. This helps young people become more respectful to others as they grow older.



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