This article looks at ways that young people can effectively be rewarded, suggesting computer based point systems can be more effective as students get older. It discusses the link between offering rewards in schools and preparing teens for the workforce where rewards are seldom given, instead the work is simply expected.
One of many online reward systems that seem to be popping up these days. Pupil Reward Points can offer a customised service in a range of different countries. It's simple to use and is visually stimulating.
Students earn raffle tickets for already predetermined goals, tasks or behaviours (customise to suit your class and your individuals). At the end of the week the raffle is drawn and an appropriate prize given. Obviously, students will pick up on the fact that they have a higher chance of winning if they have a lot of raffle tickets, but I love that even a pupil with just one ticket can be the winner! I feel this is best used an 'extra' system alongside a more in depth, long term idea.
Here are few ideas about how to go about tailoring a reward system to suit your class. There is an easy to read table at the bottom. It's nice to remember that a call home to parents to report positive behaviour can be a great reward (we often tend only to contact home when there is negative behaviour)!
This in depth presentation highlights the research behind implementing an effective reward system at a whole school level. It gives great examples of how to create a system that rewards hard work and effort, without the need for the negative notion of punishment.
As educators we would love for our pupils to be in strictly motivated. The truth is, many are not. Can we use extrinsic motivation to help them develop an internal motivation? This article takes a look at the fine lines and queries the possibility of finding a balance.