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Student Spotlight

Their Time to Shine: Structured Student Spotlight

Add a Little Culture to Your Elementary Room

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Student-Spotlight-Culture-Board-3323088Do you constantly have students asking you “when is show and tell?” or raising their hands and wanting to share EVERYTHING about their family, vacations, weekends and life with you? Those are two of the big reasons we became teachers, right? It’s all about the little ones and hearing about their lives and making a difference in their lives. I struggled with finding a structured way to have students share about themselves or bring items in for show and tell without it just being my same few students every time.
Well.. one of my FAVORITE times of the week now, is on Wednesdays when we do student spotlight. I send home a packet of work a week in advanced, and give students seven days to work on it at home and bring it back to school. When they bring it back, they have written all about themselves, their families, their favorite things, and their hopes for the future. They include pictures, bring in items for show and tell, and even bring in their favorite treat for everyone to share. Students get 20-30 minutes to share about themselves by reading what they wrote, talking about the pictures, sharing their items and answering questions from the audience. Students LOVE this moment, and beg to be the student spotlight star of the week!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Student-Spotlight-Culture-Board-3323088https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Student-Spotlight-Culture-Board-3323088https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Student-Spotlight-Culture-Board-3323088This has helped build my classroom community so much, because what better way to make connections than to hear facts about a person’s life and realizing they are SO similar to you!! Plus, I have learned so much about my students, and it makes “when is show and tell?” so much easier, because you can tell students “when you are in the spotlight!” This is a great classroom community tool and a wonderful way to learn about your students and validate their home life and dreams. Parents love it too, as they love having their student recognized for their accomplishments.
Here is a breakdown of our allotted time, however, this could easily be done in 10 minutes or up to 45 minutes, if done correctly!
3-5 Minutes: All About Me (read and show pictures)
1-2 Minutes: Questions About All About Me
3-5 Minutes: My Family (read and show pictures)
1-2 Minutes: Questions About My Family
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Student-Spotlight-Culture-Board-33230883-5 Minutes: My Future (read and show pictures)
1-2 Minutes: Questions About My Future
3-5 Minutes: My Favorite Things (read and show pictures)
1-2 Minutes: Questions About My Favorite Things
2-5 Minutes: Turn & Talk About One Thing You Have Learned, One Compliment You Have and One Question You Still Have
5-10 Minutes: Show Items Brought, Pass Out Treats while students wait in a line. Students give the student a compliment or ask another question before they are given a treat.

5-10 Minutes: Students eat their treats while talking about the presentation, and raise their hands if they have more questions. Students can write compliments on post-it notes to give to the student spotlight student when they’re finished.

I usually pick students randomly, but this can also be awarded based on a student of the week (at my school this is a different award), or it can be done based on birthdays!

If you are looking for a structured way to do student spotlight in your classroom, check out my resource here. This includes all posters, examples, and a detailed parent letter about working on this project at home. This project could also be structured to be done during school.

Enjoy 🙂

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