Thursday, July 21, 2011
To implement this program, find something you can use as an award - ideally something kitschy from a yard sale or thrift shop. We used a duck made out of some sort of Rattan material. Another group used a statue of a dog that was encrusted with puka shells. If your staff has a sense of humor then try to find something truly tacky. It should be sturdy and at about the size of a shoe box. Give it a fun name. We called our duck Dulcinea.
Start by presenting this lovely object to another staff member that has done something nice for you or nice for the school. Ideally, do this publicly, during a staff meeting, for example. Be sure to explain why the award is being bestowed - pour on the praise.
It is a simple thing to do that has the potential to bring a little more morale to your school, which in many states, if running pretty low these days.