Students at Prairie are among some of the most talented students. These talents range in many different areas including the arts, athletics, and academics. But does recognizing student achievements help or hurt students?


Benefits of Recognizing Students’ Work


Acknowledging achievements allows students to take pride in their hard work.


Recognizing achievements promotes positive emotions; such as happiness, confidence, and self-respect. Ernest Cox says, “Achievements should be celebrated. the way we recognize accomplishments should hold up the results of growth, disciplined practices, and goal setting.”


It also allows students to continue to feel motivated in their work. Students who feel motivated will produce higher quality work. The feeling of success drives students to want to do better.


But celebrating a student’s success is tricky. While they should be rewarded for their good work, many students will end up comparing themselves to each other. Unrecognized students will find that they may not compare to others. Thus becoming a competition. So how do people and schools share and celebrate achievements together, instead of allowing them to separate them?


Cox says, “The school could celebrate growth and individual progress.” Achievements do not just come in the form of winning a big game or making the honor roll. Each student has their own success, big or small that should be acknowledged.


And it doesn’t have to be noticed or heard of by every person you come across to mean something. Any achievement is impressive in its own right. The first and most important way to celebrate that achievement starts with the student themselves. Students should feel that their work is important and should be proud of what they’ve done.


Pitting students against each other to see who can do the best is never the goal, nor should anyone feel like that is happening. Students can share their happiness and pride with each other and be proud of what Prairie students can do together.


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