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Posted on October 8, 2018 3:33 am
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eRuWaX
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Incentives in the classroom: treats
When I was in elementary school, a lot of my teachers would pass out candy for participating in certain classroom activities. Answering questions correctly, or jeopardy games, or get an A on a test for instance. I remember my classmates and I were always very enticed by these types of incentives, is this system allowed and praised, or is it frowned upon? What are some alternative approaches besides verbally incentivizing students?
 
     
     
 
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Posted October 11, 2018 9:21 pm

uTaGuv
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Currently, it is frowned upon for students in elementary school as there are many allergies and health conscious/restrictive parents. I would check to see if there were allergies in the class, double checking with ESOL parents to ensure they understood the question. I know one of my CTs in an internship would provide a snack for the students after lunch as they had an early lunchtime.
If that is all your students will be bribed with, I would go ahead and do it. But if you would like alternative incentives, you could use a treasure chest incentive as it is usually cheap/colorful things that students go nuts for; things like decorative pencils, eraser toppers, stickers, little toys, etc.
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yJuhuv
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If I were in this situation, I would do exactly this.
  Posted on: October 14, 2018 3:01 am

ePuzej
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This is the best solution. I agree that this is frowned upon nowadays due to health reasons and dietary restrictions.
  Posted on: February 18, 2019 7:24 pm

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Solution 2
Posted October 12, 2018 11:22 pm

baGyvy
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In todays classrooms it definitely is not considered appropriate anymore. Many parents do not agree with the idea of giving their students candy but there are other incentives that we can give them. In my classroom we give out goldfish or someone gets to pick a special pencil out of the treasure box and we try and limit candy
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pyMuba
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I do not agree with giving candy to students. This makes them work for candy instead of intrinsically being motivated about their learning.
  Posted on: February 20, 2019 12:08 am

Haley Kennedy
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I do not agree either with giving candy as a reward. Education is about learning not about receiving candy. 9/10
  Posted on: February 22, 2019 7:14 pm

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Solution 3
Posted November 27, 2018 12:52 am

ybabaJ
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Currently this form of incentive is frowned upon because of allergies and childhood obesity. In elementary schools alternative approaches could be toys in a treasure box, stickers, temporary tattoos, or getting a star on a classroom bulletin board.
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Solution 4
Posted February 18, 2019 3:48 pm

yGedeb
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My school has a no candy policy. Candy is unhealthy, and there are many allergies to be considered. I love to use incentives such as extra credit points (2) on a test if it is a jeopardy game. I also give out pencils or erasers as prizes.
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Solution 5
Posted February 19, 2019 12:08 pm

Simone Haddad
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As many have already stated, candy and food is now a thing frowned upon as a reward system in the class; for many different reasons. However, there are other things that can be done, such as a treasure box, with items in there that include pencils, erasers, stickers, etc. that the students can chose from, when being rewarded for good behavior in class. The school that I do some volunteer hours at, uses a "bucks" system, where students are given a dollar when they are being rewarded for good behavior and then once a month they can cash in these "bucks" for specific incentives that the whole school can take part in (no uniform, wear a hat, be a special helper). It has helped to create a positive environment at the school; but like any extrinsic reward system, one needs to be careful not to overuse it, otherwise the reward system becomes watered down, and less effective. As a teacher, you can also do things specifically for your class, such as students who earn enough points throughout the week get to have lunch with the teacher on Fridays, this is also a pretty popular thing for Elementary students, as they want to spend time with their teachers and feel important.
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Solution 6
Posted February 18, 2019 6:11 pm

aduNaQ
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I think it really depends on how you administration feels. There's a difference between giving students candy and maybe some goldfish. Positive reinforcements are great, but you have see how your admin feels and what your students are interested in. Maybe start a point system for the students and after a certain number of points, they get a bigger incentive.
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ePuzej
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I think checking with the administration is great. However, we must keep in mind the dietary restrictions of certain students and that candy is not healthy.
  Posted on: February 18, 2019 7:25 pm

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Solution 7
Posted February 18, 2019 8:39 pm

rySuRy
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I think candy is inappropriate because of obesity and allergies. There are many other ways that you can entice your students and provide incentives, such as a treasure box with stickers, toys, etc. There are many apps that teachers can download that help track behavior and provide points to students who are doing the right thing.
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Solution 8
Posted February 20, 2019 8:56 pm

Lavede
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This system while effective in the short term can be rather damaging in the long term. Students will begin to only follow directions or do good things if a reward is provided. I have a student in my internship who is struggling with this. She gets very upset when her name doesn't get moved up or when she doesn't get a superstar note. I think the best thing to do is to establish your expectations very clearly at the beginning of the year. Students need to know that you expect them to behave well. If they go above and beyond, then a reward may be given out. However, students should participate in classroom activities regardless of a reward. If you want alternative incentives, depending on the age, I would propose doing a lunch bunch (having the kids eat with you) or a Fun Friday. If students get a certain amount of points as an individual or as a group, they can earn these fun times!
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Solution 9
Posted October 13, 2018 3:40 am

Xezuda
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“If I were in this situation, I would continue doing this because I know I have seen this as a volunteer and it really get the students involved. Maybe you could have a treasure test and allow everyone to have a chance to get something out of it instead of just the ones who get A's or get an answer correct.
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Solution 10
Posted February 19, 2019 11:51 pm

Kathy Allen
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Many of these solutions are great and I stand behind them 100%! In addition, my CT uses a "money manager" system where students are given money that they can use or save up to buy different things in the class store. There are usually toys in it and, at most once a month, there are snacks that the students can buy. My CT has taken the time and initiative to get to know the students and talk to the parents about what was acceptable or not to have in the classroom. However, the students LOVE the class store with the toys in it.
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Solution 11
Posted February 20, 2019 12:56 am

Faith Graham
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My CT provides students with healthy snacks if they are hungry through out the day but not as incentives. She has a dry erase paper on every students desk and they get points for doing certain things like going to the restroom without getting out of control or having a good lunch. Students also earn extra points for getting good grades and other activities. At the end of the day the students who have a certain amount of points can pick any prize from the bag. Sometimes students can get 2 or 3 prizes in one day. These prizes are pencils, toys, books, just a bunch of random things from dollar tree. The students love it.
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Solution 12
Posted February 22, 2019 1:57 am

zuMuGe
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In the school that I am at, it is very common to see teachers give "treats" (ie candy, chocolate, etc.) as an incentive. I personally do not do this and instead I use Class Dojo for them to earn points. Once they have so many points, they can shop in our class store for coupons such as, no homework pass, have lunch with a teacher, stinky feet pass, brain break, etc. All of my students love these passes and I believe they can get more of an experience out of incentives like these then they would by being offered a "treat".
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Solution 13
Posted February 23, 2019 5:31 pm

XuNaWa
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It depends on your personal pedagogical philosophy. Some educators claim that these extrinsic motivational techniques deter students from garnering a 'love' for learning. Meanwhile, I believe that sometimes content can be dry, so a little extra motivation is necessary to power through it!
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Solution 14
Posted February 24, 2019 8:45 pm

Jean J
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You could give them reward papers, and then when they have earned enough they can buy things like pencils, fun erasers...things like this instead of candy.
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Solution 15
Posted February 25, 2019 3:16 am

eHuPas
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I would bring in healthier treats like orange slices or granola bars. Just make sure to know any and all allergies in your class.
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iagree
  Posted on: March 28, 2019 1:36 pm

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