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Extrinsic rewards in middle school?

Jul 17, 2015 7:43am

I am moving from a high school to middle school. In the high school level the group I had was very unmotivated and so my classroom had an award system based on grades and assignment completion. I would much rather do an intrinsic motivation in my classroom. Any tips or tricks? Should I keep the raffle program?

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    • Jul 22, 2015 10:12am

      I have found that it can be good motivation to have rewards and something to work towards as a class is a nice idea too. Here are some ideas of rewards: fun pencils and erasers, candy, class pizza party, class ice cream party, "get out of HW" free pass, extra credit points.

      • Jul 25, 2015 1:13pm

        free seating day as a class reward for no failing scores on an assignment or assessment.....

        • Aug 10, 2015 1:18pm

          My daughter's middle school has some great ways of providing low-cost extrinsic awards school-wide, and her teachers have taken the cue to provide the same.

          School-wide: discount on a school event, like movie night or a dance; free-dress day; certificate posted in the main hallway recognizing their accomplishments; a special lunch-period invite to "games day" or "movie day" in a teacher's classroom

          Individuals in a classroom: Pick-your-partner pass (for a project); extra time on a test; borrow the teacher's textbook pass (so they don't have to lug theirs to school); pick-my-seat pass (for any day other than a test); one-day-late-pass for a major homework assignment/project.

          Class-wide: A board/card game day/period, a free-reading period, an extra day to play review games before taking a unit test, a silent pass-notes period, a movie day (if it's tied into a unit of study - subtitles on, of course, to build in that subliminal opportunity to read).