For some strange reason, I'm still very familiar with a song that I learned in elementary school. It went something like this:
Hi, my name is Joe and I work in a button factory.
One day, my boss came to me and said, "Joe, are you busy?"
I said, "No."
He said, "Turn the button to the right..."
Hi, my name is Joe...
You get the idea. The song continues in a round-like fashion. It's painfully brutal and impossible to get out of your head. Today, I had myself a little button factory in my living room. These are no ordinary buttons though. These buttons have the sole purpose of celebrating success in my students. The idea was first introduced to me by adorable Miss Kranz here. She mentioned that several of her coworkers attended a workshop with none other than Ron Clark. Are you familiar with Ron? He's wonderful. I'm sure you've stumbled upon one of his many books or articles.
Miss Kranz created celebratory buttons for her kiddos to wear after receiving a positive score on a test. What a GREAT idea! Who doesn't love to be celebrated? Letting kids wear buttons all day long and bask in the glory of their hard work sounds pretty stellar to me. On top of that, other students and teachers are complimenting them on their hard work!
On my drive home today, I stopped into the oh-so-wonderful Hobby Lobby. I picked up 3 packages of "Design a Button". As soon as I got home, I did a little spray painting (#craftoholicproblems) and rushed to my computer to make a design for my buttons.
Just like any other button factory, I started making button...after button. But, hey! They turned out pretty schnazzy. Now I just have to wait a couple months to actually use them. Arg! The agony.
I made my buttons on a basic word document. The circles were 2.25" by 2.25". Then, I printed them on scrapbook paper to add a little extra pizzaz. If you're interested, I made another version on the document and put it on Scribd. All you have to do is just download and print it on your own! I suggest enlisting others to participate in your button factory.