Spark Student Motivation - DIY Brag Tag (I May Be Addicted)

I am so thankful it is the weekend!! While I should be working on progress reports or the mound of laundry that has appeared in my house I am instead taking a minute to link up with my amazing friend Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching!! Be sure to read her post today - totally stealing that idea!

I know that I have blogged about brag tags before so here is just a little recap...our school uses customized brag tags we purchase from .  Love them! We give them out at our monthly spirit assemblies. We focus on a value each month (respect, helping others, kindness etc) and each teacher selects a student to receive the brag tag (stands up and makes a little speech and presents the tag). We also hand them out for any team, club or special event students participate in (bus patrol, volleyball, choir, talent show etc). Students love them.

This summer I bought this handy dandy case at Michaels to keep them all organized...

Loving my camera skills : (

Only sometimes I am not super organized (gasp, I know) and an assembly is upon us and I do not have enough or the right tag. That is where the DIY brag tag comes to the rescue.

This year I bought the super handy dandy DIY Reward Tags PPT Template from Diane at Fifth in the Middle for only $2.00!!! I needed to quickly make some baseball brag tags for an assembly. But then I started thinking of all the possibilities for the tags in my classroom and have not been able to stop!!

I am making tags that go with our clip chart behavior system and to go with our superhero home reading program. I also have plans to make them for my students when they master their math facts!! I also will be making some for when we do our R.A.K. and will hand them out to students who get caught doing random acts of kindness. The possibilities are endless. All you need to do is print, cut, and laminate! I put a picture on one and text on the one next to it, cut them out together, fold and paste to make one tag - but that is just me.

Here is a sample of some of the ones I have made ...

Just one last tip - I have found that leaving rewards on my desk - without showing my students - just leaving them out, is a huge motivator - they are very curious about what is on my desk, what I will be using it for, how they can get one etc. They can always detect something new on my desk (even when it is a huge mess!) even a new book for shared reading - they get super excited and ask a million questions about the things on my desk


  1. Love it! I agree about leaving things on your desk...the curiosity kills them! I like putting new books on my desk too! I have to go check out the DIY Brag've got me thinking!!!
    Thanks for sharing and linking up sweet friend!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  2. I didn't think about putting them side-by-side! Do you laminate after pasting, or just leave them as-is? I'm curious if they're too think for the laminator if you laminate after folding. Thanks for the idea!


    1. I printed them on cardstock, folded, pasted and laminated and they turned out great. Well my friend laminated them with her personal laminator as I still need to make buy one!

  3. Those look great. I like the idea of just leaving them out where kids can see them to motivate them. It is like a carrot dangling in front of them!

    Eclectic Educating

  4. Students do notice everything! I love their curiosity.
    Your brag tags turned out great.

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  5. What a great idea! I never heard of Brag Tags, but now I can't wait to try them with my 3rd graders. Thank you so much for sharing this!!
    Making Meaning


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