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The school that I work in uses the Restitution behavior model. We also use PBIS, but without the reward part of this behavior system. Every year I tend to struggle with what to do with the students who are always doing their job, working hard, and respectful. I am consistently giving them verbal praise, but is that enough? My school has created postcards that can be sent home or stickers that you can give a student, but I feel like I need to do more.

Negative behaviors take can take up so much of our time and energy. I understand those behaviors need to be addressed, retaught, and practiced. My class last year had many students who seemed to take up much of my attention and energy. I felt so bad for the students who worked so hard, but seemed to get so little of me. I would love any suggestions that don't necessarily include extrinsic rewards.
CrystalB Hi Heather - this is a tough one, because I think that there is a time and place for rewards/prizes for students. I know that research shows intrinsic motivation is ideal - student satisfaction in doing a great job for its own reward/pleasure. I love it when my students chose books they love, and recently a student of mine just chose a magazine he ...See More
Sep 30
Heather S. Thank you Crystal, I really like the idea of using interests of theirs and providing activities or books. I do believe that some students are intrinsically motivated and that is a wonderful character trait, but some students are motivated by rewards. It is difficult working in a school that doesn't support individual extrinsic motivators. Thank you...See More
mollyh How do you discipline in the classroom? Maybe those kids have figured out, "negative attention is better than no attention?"


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