Rewards in the classroom
Posted on 7th July 2021 at 14:37
“The number one problem in the classroom is not discipline: it is the lack of procedures and routines.” –Harry Wong
It can be very difficult for teachers and students alike to manage challenging behaviour in the classroom. Challenges most teachers face at some point in their career include keeping students motivated in their learning and enthusiastic about the topics taught while keeping disruptive behaviour in the classroom to a minimum. For some students it can be quite overwhelming to concentrate in lessons and having to deal with interruptions so creating a calm and positive learning environment is a key aspect of successful teaching and behaviour management.
Here at Marvellous Minds we strongly believe in positive reinforcements with our students. In order to stimulate learning and motivate good behaviour we have an amazing reward system which our students love. There are many ways our students can gain an award. Students will show interest and raise their participation in the everyday classroom tasks, responsibilities and learning. We reward good behaviour, rather than always rewarding good outcomes. For example, in our classes we believe that behaviour such as good concentration levels, listening skills, engagement and input in our lessons as well as helping others should be praised. To that extent we use star cards for our students to collect stamps on which they have the opportunity to trade for a prize from our fully stocked prize cabinet, or a voucher for the older students. Every stamp received helps students become more self-confident. They are proud of their accomplishments and encouraged to keep displaying positive behaviours.
This is our way of showing that we acknowledge all the hard work and effort our students put in to excel. We find that our reward system helps motivate our students to always strive to do well, see the fruits of their determination and their progress too! Students develop an internal drive to succeed when they have a sense of ownership and accountability for their learning.
We would love to hear what your thoughts are on positive reinforcement and rewards in the classroom! Do you think it is a good idea? What are some other ways parents and teachers can help students do well in their learning?
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