Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Free QR CODE TRAIT TAGS: Be Tagged Doing Something Terrific

I'm working on some creative new ways to encourage my students to become not only amazing scientists, but amazing people.  As teachers, we have the important job of guiding students in daily decision making which with the help of parents can slowly craft a child's character.  Let's face it...When all is said and done, the kids will probably not remember what I said about science but instead they will remember how I made them feel about learning, about collaboration, about life. 

So, I'm working on these QR code trait tags for my 6th graders.  (Very late on a summer night...yup...I'm officially CRAZY!)
I'd like to teach my middle school students more about how these character traits and impact their success:

I'm thinking that it makes sense to teach them one at a time, using small group discussion, literary connections, and personal stories.  After we have learned about the trait, then I will start rewarding students who display the trait in the classroom, using the corresponding QR Trait Tag.  

Should students be able to recommend their peers earn a ticket if they witness genuine examples of the trait in action?  Hmmm...I need to think on that one. 

For each trait, I created two identical trait tags.  One has a prize message, the other an inspirational message.   Neither the student OR I will know if the tag is a "winner" until it is QR scanned. 
(The prize messages match the classroom coupons that I already use)  http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Classroom-Incentive-Coupons-Middle-Grades-350963

I'm on the fence about exactly how I want to implement this.  (Maybe because it is JULY and I should be working on my tan and not my lesson plans...ERG!)  One thing I know is that I don't want to make students feel as though they should have all these traits already.  They are kids!  (To be honest, I don't know any adults who aren't working on improving a handful of these.)  I'd like to emphasize the traits that individuals DO have so that they can learn by example from one another.    Hmmm....Lots to think about.  (Luckily I have 2 months to finalize this idea!)

Do you think you might use this in your upper elementary or middle school classroom?  If so, grab the free file here to print on card stock.  All I ask is that you leave me an idea/suggestion/success story from your classroom in exchange :) 

Click the image to grab this document from Google Docs:

Questions for all you talented teachers out there:

How do you feel about the element of luck with these reward tags (some have prizes others don't)?  
Do you think students should be encouraged toward earning a particular number of tags? 
Do you think the tags could be laminated and recirculated? 
What would be the best way for students to store the tags? (I have 140 students in 5 classes.)
Do you think students could be involved in distributing the tags to their peers?

I look forward to hearing your ideas on how you might use these in your classroom!!!

Happy Teaching...


  1. I make and use brag tags in my room, but I only did them with my homeroom kids who I saw three times a day. Kids kept them on ball chains that I kept displayed in my room. You could put them on a binder ring for each student and they could attach them to their pencil pouch or something like that. I did laminate them, but the kids wanted to take them at the end of the year. I like the randomness of the awards, and I don't think that you should require earning them. The ones who want them will hopefully motivate those who think they're too cool for them.

    1. Using the tags with a small group of students (instead of 140) would certainly make it more manageable! I like the binder ring idea too. I'm sure there will be kids who are super into them and others who are not. I don't know if you find this, but I think sometimes 6th graders pretend not to care, but it actually means the world to them when they are recognized for doing something great. Thanks for visiting and commenting Diane. I hope you are having a great summer!

  2. I love this idea. I also teach 140+ kids, I want all my kids to get them. I will have to think about logistics as well. Thank you so much!!!!

    Hodges Herald

  3. I LOVE these. The kids need some training/help with these traits. These tags are a terrific way to implement a study of great character traits. I think the kiddos would be really motivated to collect these. It's all in how it's presented. You may get a small gift one time, but nothing the next time. That's life! :) I can't wait to read everyone else's comments. Thanks!!



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