I am going to teach one period of individual studies this year in a middle school. Individual studies is a class where the high functioning special ed. students can go to get help on homework and classwork from their general ed. classrooms. I am wondering about what incentives might motivate the students to be responsible about bringing their work, completing it, and avoiding disruptive behaviors and also what systems you use to give incentives. I taught elementary students for two years and I found last year when I started in a middle school part-time that I was not sure what might incentivize the middle school students. To me they are not as easy to figure out as the younger students. Here are some guesses I have on things middle schoolers might want: Specifically in my classroom: Coupons to restaurants (Ie. McDonalds) Limited time to draw or work on a preferred project Read a book or magazine they like Limited time to visit with friends (if they're not working too) party at end of semester for specific amount of whole class points Also with general ed. teachers who agree to it: no homework pass extra credit leave class early to lunch or break visit a classroom the student likes help out somewhere on campus What do you think? What systems do you use? (Ie. do you reward daily, weekly, monthly, individually, by groups, or whole class?) Thank you!