Compliments go a long way in giving our kids the boost they need. Although this post was written for parents to express to their kids, I think there is application for our students in the classroom. Especially during the last days/weeks of this school year, it is important to catch them (or continue to catch them) doing good and exceeding our expectations.
Are you a little bit shy about speaking compliments? Think about delivering compliments through little notes to the student, notes home to parents, or giving the student a compliment while speaking to a colleague (with the student closeby to hear). The key is to be specific about what the student did as suggested in the blog post.