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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

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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 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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