Sock your Students!

So, did my title grab your attention? Of course I don't mean to really sock your students, but I do have something else that you can give them that they might like a lot more!

One of the sayings I use in my classroom is reserved for VERY special accomplishments. I only utter it once in a while, when a kid really deserves it. For example, one little chickie of mine brought in a notebook of writing that she had been keeping at home all year. That in and of itself is amazing, but as I looked through it I realized that it was actually filled with writings that we did in class that she went home and did AGAIN on her own! She wrote second and third drafts of things that we started in class or just did as a snapshot assignment. So she deserved a great big "You rocked my socks off!" from me for that!

So, I thought as a nice way to send off my kids, I'd let them in a little secret - that really, they all rocked my socks off in some way or another, even if I never said it directly to them. So here's a glimpse of this year's end of the year gift:

If you're lucky you'll find some cute kid's socks at Dollar Tree. Otherwise, look in the clearance section of Target or Walmart. Even plain white socks would be cute with the tag - and they'd still get the message.  Click on the pic below to get the sheet of tags from GoogleDocs. I made them in a few different colors too. Enjoy!

Check out some more great ideas here at Rachel Lynette's linky!



  1. So cute, cute, cute! Thanks for the wonderful idea!

  2. With over 150 HS students (who would LOVE this BTW) it is still cost prohibitive, but has given me an idea for when I want to do random pairings in class. Cute idea!

  3. Cute! Thanks for sharing!!

    Heather (

  4. I love this idea! I am going to start collecting socks now!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

  5. What an adorable idea. Thanks for the freebie.


  6. Love the socks!! Such a great idea and gift.


  7. Adorable. I have said this to several of my students before and especially those students that I had a hard time keeping on task. I even went as far as taking my sock off one time and holding it up for one of my difficult ones and it was an instant motivator.

    My (Not So) Elementary Life

  8. Oh Denise, this is such a lovely gesture!! You are one of those teachers they will never forget, of that I am certain.

  9. Such a cute idea! Lord knows so of my kiddos desperately need new socks!

    Elyse @ My Life With a Cherry on Top

  10. These are so cute! Love them!!

    Learning With Susie Q

  11. omg this is such a cute idea...i love it !! im your newest follower...drop by

    Just Wild About Teaching

  12. Your ideas are always over the top cute! Thanks for always sharing :)


    Fun in Room 4B

  13. Super cute idea!! For the beginning of the year you could do something like--"You are going to rock my SOCKS off this year"!! Just trying to think of a way to use them sooner. School has been out for 3 weeks for me. Thanks for sharing.

  14. creative, cute, and clever!! Love it!

  15. What a darling idea! Just found your blog. I'm your newest follower. Loving what I see.

  16. TOTALLY CUTE! So glad to have found you! Would love for you to stop by if you have a moment to my newbie blog :)

    Tori's Teacher Tips

  17. Cute idea! I'm your newest follower and would love for you to check on my brand new blog,

  18. Your sock idea is GENIUS!!! Thanks for the tip! I cleaned out my local Dollar Tree in cute kids socks when they had 3 packs for a dollar!!! I'm all set to hand out this award to my darlings and I am sure they are going to love it!!!



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