Have you ever had a student that was AMAZING at one math concept and was either average or poor at other math concepts? I had such a student. I nicknamed this student “Factor Master”. He found factoring so easy and was able to do it extremely fast. I could tell he was very proud of this skill, as was I. It’s then that I realized I wanted to give math award certificates to highlight the math concepts that students were specifically strong at in middle and high school.
I searched the internet first and found math awards that were general for math achievement, but not specifically for certain math concepts. I decided I’d have to create my own. I wanted the award certificates to be fun, but not too cutesy for middle and high school students. I decided to use my friend, Sarah Pecorino’s, Dot Dude clip art. She is the BEST clip artist…I absolutely love everything she creates AND she is an awesome person too!
Next, I made a list of grades 6-12 math concepts to use. I was able to come up with 50 fun superlative and alliteration award certificates! I made them ready to print AND editable, so teachers can type in the student names and dates.
I found that recognizing my students’ strengths helped develop a positive culture within my classroom. When students know that their hard work is being noticed AND appreciated, they tend to work even harder and feel better about it.
You can see all of the math awards in this video:
Here are what other teachers have to say about these FUN math awards:
Very creative and my students really enjoy these at the end of the school year and just from time to time. – MathBott
I absolutely adore these! Make math class so much more fun! – Math with Ms Calabro
So creative! I'm excited to use them this school year with my high school students.
– In Math Class
These are so fun and creative! My students loved receiving them as an end of the year treat! – Ashley B.
These are fun and great motivators for the students. – Julie L.
My students loved choosing who earned what award. Great math twist! – Susan M.
Love these!! Every year I am required to give math awards and always struggle to come up ideas. These will make my life so much easier! – Fractions are Friends
What a great way to celebrate our students. – Karen K.
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