Compliment Activity: Create a Caring Campus Community from Day One

Two teen girls looking at each other talking and smiling, one with a happily surprised expression.

We need to make sure our kids know that we care about them and that students care about each other.

– Courtney Spelber


  • Create a list of 5-10 “getting to know you” questions/prompts related to your school’s maxims (if you haven’t developed maxims yet, think about your school’s identity, culture, vision, mission, character, values, goals, etc.)
  • Share the list with all staff/teachers
    • Better yet, do this in a staff meeting and have staff members participate in this activity before introducing it to students
  • Teachers share the list with students
  • Students use the prompts to get to know a partner (or partners) in each of their classes
  • Each partner writes a specific compliment about their partner on a sticky note – leaving the compliment anonymous on the note
  • Partners share their compliments with each other
  • All students post their sticky notes in a visible place in the classroom – i.e. the outside of the classroom door – so that everyone can see them as they pass/enter the classroom

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