I just completed my 1st year using READ180. I was wondering how you use incentives and rewards in your classroom.
To be quite honest, the only incentive system I use in my class is an incentive chart with stamps.
What I do very effectively though, is use specific immediate positive feedback. I've found this to be the most effective in shaping student motivation and behavior. I use the word shaping because it takes place slowly as students experience small, but meaningful and concrete results. Also, when the feedback is immediate and specific, other students will seek to copy the behavior that is being praised. I rely on this more than anything else. As a result, the rewards are actually all intrinsic. I'm just making explicit the good things that my students are doing.
On occasion though, I will have an administrator come to my class and recognize students who are doing an outstanding job. This is really more just to celebrate though, than to try to elicit change in student motivation.
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