Literacy Awards reinforce the Three Personal Standards. They motivate students, provide immediate feedback, and build on language, literacy and content matter. Layers upon layers of support!
One common worry when teachers start using scouts with Literacy Awards is a fair and equal distribution of awards. Because Literacy Awards are so motivating in changing personal behavior, teachers are tempted to make sure everyone earns the same number of awards daily.
We have seen teachers overcompensate by creating tracking systems for who has earned an award. This is time consuming and not necessary. You have too much on your plate to add a Literacy Award checklist!
Another frequently asked question about Literacy Awards is…
Teaching the routine for how scouts will choose classmates, identify the personal standard exhibited by that classmate, and passing out awards is an important part of the process. Students may start picking friends or only students they know and have relationships with. This is normal and will quickly resolve itself.
Students do this for the same reason that you and I scan a room for someone we know upon entering a party. We gravitate to the known and comfortable to gain a sense of equilibrium before we have the courage to break out of our box and make new friends.
Our experience is that scouts picking their friends happens mostly at the primary level and most often happens:
As students become more comfortable with the routines and expectations and build relationships with classmates this works itself out. That's not to say that teachers can't help this process along a bit.
Here are some tips we have found helpful for guiding the scout routine.
Thanks for reading,
Sara and Jody
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