How to Reward Students for Good Behavior
You can use simple verbal phrases to recognize your students such as
Hi! This is Meghan Lynn Allen for About.com, and today we'll discuss how to reward students for good behavior.Bad behavior should be corrected, but good behavior should be recognized. Take the time to recognize students' good behavior with something special. You can use simple verbal phrases as recognition such as "very good job." Or you can use simple body language such as a nod or a smile. Reinforce behavior with recognition. Perhaps the student can receive a certificate or a ribbon in the classroom. You can also reinforce the success of their achievements by putting them up on the white board or the blackboard in the classroom, or sharing it on the school's website (with parents' permission).And speaking of parents, why not call them directly and share the good news of the student's success? Avoid using food as a reward. It sets up potentially unhealthy and risky behavior, and children may learn that they need to eat to earn praise instead of just satisfying hunger. Special privileges may be a good reward strategy such as a no homework pass, or a pass to the library, or just a few extra minutes of recess.This special privilege reward strategy can be applied classwide as well. Your class can choose a special game or educational puzzle, or the class can choose the activity to do during the last hour of the school day -- or perhaps put on music during a study session.Another way to reward students for good behavior could be achieved through a points system strategy. Students can earn points for specific behaviors or goals, for individuals or for the classroom. It also helps them with long-term problem solving, and setting and achieving long-term goals. Within the points system approach, you may offer prizes, such as a book, a puzzle, or maybe even a pass to the movies or sports equipment -- depending on the size of your school's budget.Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.