Thursday 8 September 2011

Quick Tip: Positive Reinforcement

When you think of classroom management and discipline you tend to think more about punishments than rewards. It really should be the other way around. Positive reinforcement works wonders and with all ages, levels, and number of students in a class.

Shouting at students and tell them to sit up straight ruins the whole environment. Compliment one student on seating nicely and you'll find the rest eager to please the teacher and will sit up properly straightaway.

Boys and girls tend to learn differently, but positive reinforcement works with everyone. There are lots of ways to use positive reinforcement in the classroom.
  • Verbal praise is great and free. 
  • Some teachers use stickers, games, or candy.  
  • Try phoning home. You'll feel good and I guarantee you'll make the parent's day.  An added plus: the parent will tell their child and they'll beam with pride.

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