Alternatives to the Treasure Box: 100+ Behavior Rewards
It’s getting that time of year when students are filled with lots of energy!
Sometimes the weather is a bit rainy and inside recess just doesn’t help get all of those wiggles out.
I find that having behavior incentives truly helps motivate children and gives them that extra incentive to try a bit harder.
The jury is out in many schools about the proverbial treasure box.
Are rewards good or do they do harm? Whether a reward system is intrinsic or a thing, it is in our society to stay.
Adults go for the raise, the bonus, the extra paid vacation day, the free trip for the highest sales etc.
Yet constantly rewarding children with a trip to the treasure box can lose its impact too, so one day I decided to let my fingers do the clicking through the Internet, to see if anyone had done any surveys or studies, or taken any polls, on what students liked as rewards.
Incredible as it sounded, many students liked to DO a special thing rather than have a prize, such as be line leader, student helper, or message/errand person, to name a few TOP jobs.
Switching desks and eating lunch with the teacher or sitting on a bean bag or at the teacher’s desk, were also high on the list of “woo-hoo’s”, as well as phoning home, or receiving a certificate or happy gram of praise, to share the great news with parents.
Something that isn’t often seen in a treasure box, but coveted by kids, are trophies and medals.
Anyway, before you shell out big bucks for your treasure box, you may want to check out this list, and make a few coupons for special treats your students will truly treasure and “behave for!” What a win-win.
Why not enlist their help and ASK them what’s their hot button. To jumpstart their imaginations, read them the list and highlight the ones they think are the best.
Enjoy the good behavior to come!
Hope you can pop back tomorrow for more tips and tricks! Do you have one you'd like to share?