Every Friday, we do a couple of things. First, I ask each students to write down the name of one of his/ her peers whom they see as a good citizen. I'm trying to get them to think of others - to recognize positive qualities in the people around them.
Next, I pull out my set of little buttons and ask students to acknowledge their peers for respect, responsibility, compassion, fairness, imagination, tolerance, cooperation, and honesty. I love the way Hoggatteers support each other.
Too often we go through life in our own "bubbles", not paying attention to our surroundings and not stopping to recognize goodness in others. These are just some of the ways I try to slow down my kids to make them see the trees for the forest.