How do you feel about prize boxes, or prizes in general, for things like good behavior or other things kids should be doing anyway (attending school, turning in homework, etc)? --- I'm against these things in theory, because I believe that intrinsic motivation is important, but have found that prizes or rewards work in certain situations. This is true for all grades I've worked with, from PreK-12. I worked with at-risk high school kids once. The administration set up a prize program for students with good attendance. If they attended 5 days in a row, they could get a candy bar, 10 days in a row, a small gift card, and a month, a large gift card or really cool prize (like video games or iPods). The school asked employees to ask businesses for donations. The idea behind it, according to administration, was that these prizes provided an incentive for behavior with the hope that it would eventually become a habit, with no incentive needed. That, I suppose, is the general hope behind every incentive program. It just feels lame to be "bribing" kids when they should be behaving anyway, but as we all know, just because they should doesn't mean they will. There are all kinds of books and research on why both are effective, but I'm curious what others' personal views are. So... thoughts?