Motivators for Above and Beyond Acts in Your Classroom

Discussion in 'Fourth Grade' started by Ms.Jasztal, Jul 25, 2009.

  1. Ms.Jasztal

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    Each student is going to have a business card size card next year that will have his or her name on it. Each card will be numbered 1-20. After I initial 1-20 for doing awesome things like completing all homework for the week, receiving a compliment, helping a friend, being kind to a teacher, etc., they will redeem the card for a reward.

    What kinds of rewards do you think are reasonable for this? I am considering-
    -20 extra credit points on an assignment
    -1 free night of homework
    -5 Starbursts

    I think I'll probably give my students a choice as well. :cool: I may want a few more options (probably 5), so what else do you consider good for fourth graders? Though I've taught five years of fourth grade and I'm sure I can think up five rewards easily enough, your help may give me an idea I couldn't have thought of on my own.
     
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    Any thoughts? Thanks! :)
     
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    We do something similar in my Fourth grade except we call them Credit Cards. They get stamps during the trimester for exceptional behavior, having a clean desk for random desk checks, etc. Either myself, my aide, or the Teacher's Assistant (student of the day) can stamp credit cards. At the end of the trimester I collect them, count up all the stamps, and students select a trinket from our prize bucket. Those with the most stamps have the first pick and then the student with the second most, etc, etc. Even if someone loses a credit card they earn 1 "invisible" stamp when I tally cards so everyone can choose a prize. Of course the best prizes are taken early on by those with the most stamps. The credit cards seem to be quite a motivator.

    I also have a "best" space on my white board. When I see students on task or transitioning smoothly/quickly, I will write their number on the board. At the end of the day they get a stamp on their credit card. I was surprised to see how well this worked.
     
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    I REALLY love this idea. I am going to use it. I will probably use it to enforce a list of "scholarly behaviors" we are employing school-wide next year. I also really like the "best" space on teh board--great way to manage the task of stamping...could even have a student helper do the stamps at the end of the day.

    I also like that it could encourage responsibilty because they would have to start over if they lose it.

    As for rewards, I think these aren't all that original, but I will mention them anyways:

    computer time
    sit with a friend
    special lunch with the teacher and other winners
     
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    Thanks! :)

    I may go for Sit at Special Table with a Friend All Day and let the winner sit with his or her friend at the table I am decoupaging. :)
     

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