Little Miss Teacher Blog

By Clara Fiorentini

Friday, 6 January 2017

Carry on Complimenting

Something which I enjoyed doing after Christmas when I was up in the senior classes was promoting paying compliments to  one another. It's something nice that you can easily model and is great for giving the classroom a really positive atmosphere. Start as you mean to go on and all that!

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Have you ever heard of giving complimentary flowers?

This is such an easy activity to organise and if done well, can work really nicely! I've done it with 4th, 5th and 6th class but it could be definitely done with down as far as even 1st class. It would even be a lovely activity to do on T.P. with your new class! Or a nice bonding activity for any class at any level of the education system really.

How does it work?

Print your flower template onto card. Every student gets a flower and write their names in the middle section. The flowers are then passed around. The petals are where the compliments go. Students can write one, meaningful compliment on a petal and decorate it. When they are finished they pass it on.
When all the petals are full, the flowers are returned to their owner. It was always lovely to watch the children's faces beam when they read their compliments and notice some of the lovely traits and talents that their peer's notice and appreciate about them. Makes for a lovely display too.

Here's an example:

Complimentary Flowers -

I've put my copy of the template, sample and instructions up on Mash, you can download it for **free** here.

Be sure to let me know how it goes!

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