Saturday, June 21, 2014

Parent Communication: Brag Notes

Quick and inexpensive brag notes

I know it is summer and I hope you are relaxing and recharging.  But as teachers, I also know we have a hard time making our brains shut off from school stuff!  I have been thinking about bragging on students!  This is my Bright Idea for this month!

Quick and inexpensive brag notes

I needed an easy way to be able to write brag notes about my students.  For me it needs to be a way that is quick, inexpensive, and easy to manage.  I went to a craft store (Hobby Lobby this time) and picked up a package of cardstock paper that was on clearance- $2.99 for the whole pack!  

Quick and Easy Brag Notes

This pack had lots of pages with 6 different designs.  I want my notes going home to be colorful and different so they will stand out and hopefully parents will notice them and read them.  Also, the colorful pages jazz up the brag notes more than regular paper or Post It notes.

Quick and Inexpensive Brag Notes

I measured and marked the pages for cutting.

Quick and Inexpensive Brag Notes

Next, the pages were cut using the paper cutter.

Quick and Inexpensive Brag Notes

One management tip is to use your class roster to go ahead and address the brag notes to the student or to the student's parents.  This is an easy way to be sure all students get notes sent home.  Relying on my memory to keep track of who all has already gotten a note and those who haven't means someone would probably miss out.  

Quick and Inexpensive Brag Notes

This is what the note side can look like after adding a sticker if you wish and your note.  The front will be the colorful side.

Quick and Inexpensive Brag Notes

Find a plastic container with a lid to store your brag notes in and keep them in a handy place where you can easily grab one or two and jot a quick note to send home.  Students and parents love to hear positives and this makes it so much easier to be sure it gets done!

Quick and Inexpensive Brag Notes

If you want to jazz the notes up a bit, add stickers or trim the edges with fancy scissors ahead of time.  During the summer is a good time to do this while you are relaxing and then you will be ready to go when school begins!


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25 comments:

  1. Great idea! I just went through all my old scrapbooking stuff {from when I actually had time to do it} and was going to give it away! Not now! Thanks!

    Megan
    Mrs. Wheeler's First Grade

    Mrs. Wheeler's TPT

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    1. I am glad you hadn't given away your old scrapbook papers yet, Megan! Now you have a use for them!

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  2. I love this! I can't wait for fall! Actually I can, but I am going to make these today so I don't forget about it!
    Jenny

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    1. Thanks so much, Jenny! Hope making the brag notes ahead of time helps you!

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  3. I love this tip! Especially the idea of writing names on ahead of time so you know who has not received a positive note yet. We ALL know it's easier to come up with positives for some kids more than others. Thanks so much for sharing!
    :o) Sarah from Mrs. Jones Teaches

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    1. Glad that you liked the brag notes idea, Sarah! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. That's an awesome and cheap way to do it! I did something similar last year and made them on the computer, printed it, and then just checked them off on my roster when I had written it to make sure I got to everyone :)

    Anisa @ Creative Undertakings

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    1. That's a great way to do the brag notes too, Anisa!

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  5. I absolutely love this idea Lori! Thank you. I'm pinning it!

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    1. Thanks so much for the pin, Barb!

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  7. I love this idea! I will have to incorporate it this year! Thanks for sharing! Kristi
    Teaching Little Miracles

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    1. You are welcome, Kristi! I hope you can use the brag note idea!

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  8. I never thought of just using scrap paper! Thanks for the idea!

    Tessa

    Tales from Outside the Classroom

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    1. You are welcome, Tessa! Using the scrapbook paper is so easy for the brag notes!

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    1. Thank you, April! Glad you stopped by!

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  10. I really like that idea- that would be something my students have never received before!

    -Maria

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    1. I hope you can use the brag note idea, Maria!

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  11. I find that I have to be intentional about notes like this. Otherwise my busy teachery ways get the best of me and notes never get sent. Love what you're doing!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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    1. I am the same way, Tammy. If I am not intentional about the notes, they don't get sent!

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    1. Thank you! Hope you can use it!

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