We sometimes forget how far just a little praise and fun can go for a student. While we give an enormous amount of feedback to students, it rarely becomes a badge of honor that they cherish and remember the learning by. Try as we would like, we want to honor even the smallest accomplishments towards a greater goal. One way you might find useful is through the free resource Class Badges.
Class Badges is an online resource of which you can award a digital badge for different things you would like to encourage in the classroom. While the debate about intrinsic and extrinsic rewards comes into play for this tool, I think sometimes it is just good to have a little fun! Class Badges is a great way to discretely acknowledge behaviors, learning milestones, and exciting events in the classroom easily and without expense. Teachers create a class, add students, create simple badges from easy to use graphics and designs and they are off! Simple, free and easy!
I tried it. I created a few simple badges, create a sample class and student. I awarded them two badges and this is what the student badges looked like. Took me about 5 minutes. How fun!
A great quick start tutorial and some starter ideas for using Class Badges can be found in the following video.