Tuesday 7 August 2012

Quick Tip: Reward Your Students

Positive reinforcement has been proven to work, so you should use it in your classroom. Rewards are often used with children and young learners. However, they can also be used with older students. A friend of mine teaches music and gives stickers to her students when they complete a piece. She says the adults also ask for stickers. They want to be rewarded. Rewards aren't just for children.

Students can be rewarded individually or as a class. They can be given daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, semestrely, or yearly. They can be big or small, expensive or cheap. It doesn't matter; what matters is that you're acknowledging the students' good behaviour and effort. You can find some ideas for rewards in the article about discipline or try looking online for more ideas.

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