"Note"-icing Student Effort

It may seem like a small gesture, but writing notes to students can make a big impact. This year I am making it my goal to write notes to students when they go above and beyond to applaud their effort. I am also including one of our Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) tickets with the card.

Some examples of things I have written notes to students for recently, include:
  • Assisting with 6th grade Move Up Day
  • Assisting with New Student Orientation
  • Providing a tour to a new student and helping the student feel welcome
  • Sharing experience as a previously new student to help a new student feel less alone in their experience
  • Helping another student in class
  • Cleaning up the cafeteria after lunch - when no one asked
Below are some pictures of notes I shared on Instagram (@sch_counselor). I love finding fun, student-friendly, note cards to give to student. The Target Bullseye's Playground has had some great ones lately.

A post shared by Danielle Schultz (@sch_counselor) on

Do you write notes or give cards to students and staff?

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Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and blogger at School Counselor Blog, a place where school counselors share innovative ideas, creative lesson plans, and quality resources. Connect with Danielle via emailTwitterPinterestLinkedInGoogle+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.


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