As we approach the end of the school year, we're may be seeing reminders of the traditional classroom awards that are given out to recognize student achievement. You are mostly likely very familiar with the different awards – perfect attendance award, honor roll, and principal's award. For the special education classroom setting, it's time to rethink the idea of student recognition.

Our students have unique needs and personal growth that should be celebrated in a way that reflects their individual accomplishments. So instead of relying on the popular awards given out each year, let's take the time to create new and meaningful ways to acknowledge the hard work and unique accomplishments of exceptional students.

Here are some creative award ideas for the special education resource room setting:

  1. Social Butterfly Award: This award recognizes a student who has shown great improvement in their social skills throughout the year. It's a great way to encourage positive interactions and build a sense of community in your classroom.
  2. Growth Mindset Award: This award celebrates students who have demonstrated a positive attitude and growth mindset in overcoming challenges and obstacles throughout the year.
  3. Best Effort Award: This type of award recognizes a student who consistently puts forth their best effort and works hard in all areas of their education.
  4. Emotional Intelligence Award: Recognize this special trait by awarding a student who has demonstrated empathy, self-awareness, and the ability to navigate social situations.
  5. Kindness Ambassador Award: This award honors students who have shown exceptional kindness, empathy, and support to their classmates throughout the year.
  6. Leadership Award: This award celebrates students who have shown exceptional leadership skills and serve as a positive role model for their peers.
  7. Perseverance Award: This award recognizes students who have overcome significant challenges and obstacles throughout the year, showing resilience and perseverance in the face of adversity.
  8. Sportsmanship Award: Students who receive this best sportsmanship award would be known for their ability to encourage others and handle both winning and losing with grace.
  9. Super Friend Award: This sweet certificate can be used to recognize that good friend who is always ready to support a classmate.
  10. Curious Explorer Award: Do you have a student who consistently displays a thirst for knowledge, is eager to ask questions, and actively seeks out information on their own? This unique award idea is for them!

These are just a few examples of student awards you can use to celebrate your students' achievements. To make the process easier, use editable certificates or create your own using colorful paper and students' names.

This collection of students awards makes it easy to recognize unique qualities and convey a positive message. Here's a complete list of special awards:

Whether you're celebrating the end of the year, an awards ceremony, or just the last day of school, end-of-year awards are a perfect addition to any special education classroom. Celebrate your students' unique accomplishments and special needs in a positive and fun way that encourages growth mindset and character development.

As a special education teacher, you have the power to make a positive impact on your students' lives. So, make sure to end the year on a high note by recognizing their hard work, dedication, and unique strengths.

Hi there.

I'm Jennifer!

I’m Jennifer and I was a special educator in the elementary school setting over the past decade. I entered the classroom every day dedicated to making learning inclusive AND engaging.

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