Positive reinforcement in the classroom is important, and rewarding good behavior doesn’t have to equal extravagant prizes. Rewards can be small items from the dollar store or free things like extra recess time or movie time. Read on for five excellent ideas for classroom behavior rewards.
1. Lunch Outside – Even college kids still get excited about changing their usual classroom or cafeteria environment to something different. For K-12 students, this is an especially good reward. Pick a nice day and take your students outside to celebrate a job well done with plenty of sunshine and fresh air. Have lunch on the school’s picnic tables, on the playground, or on an outdoor basketball court! 19 other reward ideas can be found here.
2. ClassDojo – This teacher from North Carolina uses the ClassDojo app to rewards students for their achievements with tangible items and experiences. Go here to read more about how to set this up in your classroom.
3. Transition Tickets – It can be hard to transition your class from one part of the day to another, such as from lunch to recess or back from recess to class. Before this transition period comes, make your class aware of what good behaviors you would like to see during the transition time. Hand out raffle tickets to students who are displaying good behavior that can be used for an actual raffle at the end of the week. Click here for more information.
4. Here is a list of 50 things that are absolutely free and can be used as student rewards. Some ideas are for individual students, such as reading to the class, bringing a toy or a stuffed animal, being the class messenger, etc., and some are meant as rewards for the whole class, such as movie time, extra recess, dance party and more!
5. Class Competition – This is especially useful if you teach more than one class, but even if you don’t, you can compete against other teachers’ classes. Good and bad behavior is taken into consideration and the class either gets a smiley face or a sad face depending on how they responded at certain times during the day. At the end of the day, their points are totaled up and put on a class competition chart. At the end of the allotted time period, all points are totaled and compared against one another and the winning class receives a reward such as a homework pass or extra recess. Get more information here.
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