Elissa Malespina Created a “Compliments Group” to Boost Student Self-Esteem

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February 20th, 2013

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This is a guest post by Elissa Malespina, a Librarian at South Orange Middle School in South Orange, New Jersey. If you are interested in contributing to the Edmodo Blog, please complete this form.

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Middle School is a time when kids feel vulnerable and are trying to find themselves. A lot of students think that no one likes them. Using Edmodo, I decided to set up a South Orange Middle School “Compliments Group” to help address this.

How the Compliments Group Works

  1. Create a “group” on Edmodo and make the group “read only” so students won’t be able to comment
  2. Share the group code with your students and other teachers
  3. Students who want to compliment someone direct message me their compliments about other students and staff
  4. Post those compliments anonymously to the Compliments group

Bringing Our School Closer Together

The group has been a huge hit with the staff and students! Students love it because they enjoy seeing nice things written about themselves and others. Staff find it heartwarming to hear nice things about themselves from their students.

As teachers, we all have days when we think that we want to give up because we are not reaching anyone. Seeing nice posts about us make us realize why we do our job.

It has brought our school closer together. All thanks to Edmodo!!


10 responses to “Elissa Malespina Created a “Compliments Group” to Boost Student Self-Esteem”

  1. Kathleen says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. I would love to start this at our Middle School!

  2. Michelle Zieman says:

    Thank you! Great idea.

  3. Mary LaRue says:

    Fantastic idea. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Dan says:

    This sounds like a great idea. However, I didn’t entirely understand the part about posting anonymously. Did you mean that because the teacher would be receiving the comments as direct message, when you re-posted them to the page they would appear as originating from him/her?

    • Elissa Malespina says:

      The kids Direct Message me and then I post them so no one knows who is the one who wrote the post.

  5. Edwin Pang says:

    Great idea!

  6. Oh I love, love, LOVE this! To prep for the upcoming Common Core tests, I’ve been having my students type up little journal responses in EdModo or MyBigCampus quite frequently. I’m always looking for a good journal topic, and this one is PERFECT! Thanks a bunch!

  7. Erin LaRose says:

    I love this idea! Thanks for sharing it. We all need a little encouragement in life.

  8. Lindale A. Daniel says:

    This is a great Idea! I would really like to try this in my school! It would do lots to boost the morale of the students.!

  9. Maureen Gale says:

    Great idea! Will share with my Edmodo PD groups – we love hearing about PBS activities to help our schools.
    Thank you! 🙂

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