RECOGNIZE MORE OF YOUR STUDENTS. HERE’S HOW.
Typically, schools offer a lot of recognition and appreciation for the top 25% of students and a lot of support for the bottom 25%, but the ones in the middle often get taken for granted or left to fend for themselves. Renaissance cards are a great way to recognize the middle 50% as well as motivate them to reach higher.
There are a lot of ways to do it, but there are some common elements in most programs:
- Levels of membership, based on achievable academic and/or behavior goals
- A card or sticker identifying each student’s membership level
- No-cost or low-cost rewards, or perks, depending on membership level
- Results that show increased numbers of students qualifying, and decreased discipline, tardy and absence rates
Be sure to include students in setting the goals and benefits. Most of the student body needs to value the levels of membership, so that it becomes “cool” to participate and to feel proud about reaching the next level.