My school is beginning to implement Positive Behavior Support (PBS) school wide. I guess it's a state wide initiative in Florida?? That's what they're telling us, anyway. The plan is to basically reward kids like crazy for their positive behaviors to increase motivation. These rewards are usually tangible rewards- tickets to turn in for prizes, little toys, "healthy" snacks (although I think most teachers use candy), and other rewards. It also involves ignoring minor misbehavior in hopes that the students will be motivated to change these behaviors when the other students in the class are being rewarded. For instance, the trainer said that if you want one kid to stop acting up and the rest of the people around him are doing well, you should give a ticket to the kids on either side of him. This is supposed to motivate the misbehaving kid to act as the other children are acting. I was wondering what other teachers thought about this?[/I] I feel like praise and pats-on-the-back should be enough reward for most good behavior. I don't feel like I need to give the kids tangible incentives to, say, stay in their seats and listen quietly. Good behavior is expected. One thing I used to love was giving out "Positive Office Visits." This is where you send the kid to the office with a note after they had an OUTSTANDING achievement or moment. I did like this a lot until, because of this new PBS system, the administration started giving out prizes. I think a hug from the P or Asst. P and your name on the morning announcements should be prize enough. Now the kid gets a free lunch the next day, a pencil, a certificate, a handshake, their names on the announcements, and sometimes a gift certificate to Chuck E. Cheese. That seems like a lot to me... We have been bombarded with PBS propaganda - stats and anecdotal evidence from schools around us and nationwide. They say that PBS is working in K-12. That it is keeping high schoolers in school, getting minor behavior issues under control, and making it easier for teachers in the classroom. It seems to be working, but is a reward system based completely on tangible rewards something that will be good long-term? Is rewarding kids every time they are doing what is expected a good thing?