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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: Yesterday 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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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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Posted Yesterday 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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Posted Yesterday 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: Yesterday 7:25 pm

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Solution 6
Posted Yesterday 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 7
Posted Today 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 8
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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