4/14/2012

Incentives make the world go 'round

I had my senior assembly this week and I really wanted to acknowledge the progress my students are making and reward their efforts.  You wouldn't imagine some of the things these children encounter on a daily basis.  I make an effort to congratulate them more than scold them.  I like to believe I have created bonds with my students and showed them the importance of an education.

Here are some incentives I gave out to the students accepted to college.  They are "kissing" high school goodbye!  The top 20 GPA students received mini oreo's because they are "smart cookies."  Everyone received a certificate and you would think I gave them a million bucks.  To be praised and acknowledged in front of their peers excited them.  I'm also grateful it lit the fire under the other students who are moving a bit slow.


Make sure you acknowledge the "good" around you.  
Good behavior that is acknowledged creates an environment of those reoccurring behaviors :)

8 comments :

  1. What a great gesture for the students! I love the 'congratulating more than scolding'.
    -Sonya

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    1. Thanks Sonya!!! You're so right!!! Thanks for commenting

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  2. I applaud you for doing that!! I love it!

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  3. This is such an awesome idea! I'm not sure if I knew you were a teacher too! I do superlatives at the end of the year! They absolutely love it!

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  4. i'm thinking about going into teaching myself and i also love what you did for your students.

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  5. You're such an awesome teacher. Encouragement is important because it just may be the only that some of these kids get.

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  6. I do too applaud you doll for doing that. That's awesome.


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