I absolutely loved your post! I was considering doing the thank you notes next year in addition to a random acts of kindness display, where each week one student is selected to write a random act of kindness that they saw another student do and then it is put on display in the classroom. I got this idea from another teacher and she had A LOT of positive feedback!
I really agree with your post, and would love to implement it in my classroom but I am running into a major road block. A lot of my students had a teacher the previous year that has all extrinsic rewards. She has a candy jar that kids get ALL THE TIME (which is another issue in general)she does the marble system, takes away recess, gives extra recess to some and not others, etc. Basically it puts me in a very difficult position because the kids are use to being rewarded for doing the right thing so when they come to my classroom and they are expected to do it without any rewards (except personal satisfaction) it does not go over well and makes for a very rough start to the beginning of the year!
Do you have any suggestions about how to influence my students away from the rewards systems?
Sign up today for free teaching ideas, lesson plans, online activities, tips for your classroom, and much more.
Choose your grade range:
See a sample >