Recently, I have added badges to the Shelf Manager program at Heard County Middle School. These badges are nothing fancy, but the hashtag and bright colors do stand out nicely on top of the shelves.
Students have earned several badges so far:
There will be more.
Diligent Shelf Managers have been given sticker badges for their ID cards: #shelfmanager.
The #shelfstar badges are given to students who manage four or more shelves each week. The #BookCart badges are given to students who skillfully take books off the book cart and place them above the proper shelves. The #FixedIt (one of the toughest badges to earn) is awarded to students who find errors on their shelves. For example, I move books each year to expand them throughout the shelves. I re-label the shelves. If a new book comes in that goes past the label (or if I just didn't include it), then the label needs to be fixed. Students caught two errors like that and both earned the #FixedIt badge.
For the #ChristmasTree, a student un-boxed and put up the Christmas tree for the media center. This badge is so nice that another student said he wished he could get one. (He will. He helped get the lights to work.)
The badges began because a teacher asked if I could mark the ID for students who are Shelf Managers. Adults love badges, so I thought students would love them, too. And, they do!
For more information about the Shelf Manager Program at HCMS, follow me @bravesread.
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