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Teacher: Bryan Johnson who teaches at Hamilton House in Gahanna, OH. Bryan Johnson can be contacted at

Name of Best Practice: MVP Sports Cards

Rationale/Purpose of Event: The purpose of the practice is to make a sports card for each student and create an incentive program for your classroom.

Suggested Grade Level: PRE-K, K-2, 3-5

Materials Needed: Digital camera, printing paper, sports card sleeves, and a binder.

MVP Sports Cards

This is a practice that you can implement in the beginning of the school year. You can bring in some different sports jerseys and you take a picture of your students and develop their own sports card on Photoshop. On the back of this sports card you have students fill out their height, their favorite subject, favorite athlete, and favorite sport. I also have the students tell me something interesting about themselves. I then take the cards from each class and put them in protective sleeves and put them in a binder like I was a kid again. I have a MVP board that hangs up in the gym and it has a section for each class and I put a card from the best student and they are the MVP of the class.(See suggestions for criteria below) It is also great way to remember the names of your students.


You can ask your PTA to purchase photo paper to cut the cost down. A PTA parent/student teacher/parent volunteer can assist in making the cards.

How to be the MVP might be in different in your school depending on the number of students or if you want to select a specific number each month. Suggestions for criteria include: Random acts of kindness, sharing, honesty, extra effort, teaching/coaching someone else with out being asked, etc.

Teaching Suggestions/Tips:

You will need to get permission slip to take a picture of your students.

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

Try and include all students.

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Posted on PEC: 4/4/2008 and has received 458 votes.

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