I am going to continue to use this concept but am going to change it up a bit to go with my classroom theme. My students will be giving "Celebrity Shout Outs" to each other! I know that my kiddos are really going to enjoy focusing on encouraging and uplifting one another.
Also I want to do better this year about writing my students little notes to let them know the efforts are appreciated. When I was on Pinterest (my complete obsession...it's all because there's an iPhone app!!!), I saw a link to these super cute encouraging word cards:
I printed them out and plan to write personalized notes on the back of them to my students. These cards also motivated me to create some that go along with my theme. I hope that by having these already printed and cut out I will do a better job of celebrating my students' successes.