Key points about recognition boards
Stimulated by a question from a listener, Paul starts by outlining his suggested five key principles of a good reward system:
Where there is a ‘token economy’ in the reward system, it can very easily become corrupted - not necessarily deliberately - by teachers who are too mean or too generous, children who try to play the system for more rewards or the natural instinct to over-reward children who decide to behave for half an hour.
My contribution to the summary
I've just started a PBL in my classroom and decided to reward great work with digital badges. So far, it's a challenge plus and my students are competing who'd win the badge since I've limited class quota to max.5 badges (per class) for each task and assessment. I'm thinking of introducing digital badges for good behavior too. They'd be rewarded to students and pinned to their digital portfolios to which parents have direct access.
It is well know fact that people work for money, but live for recognition. I completely agree that praising students when deserved is rewarding. Especially when the student is praised to his/her parents. Not only that they're motivated to at least keep the good behavior, but also they're more susceptive to further advices and improvement.
Suggested Ladder of recognition
Positive behaviour can be recognised and celebrated in numerous ways. Try following these simple steps…
Right! This is the suggested list:
...and this is my order:
...and this is my students' list:
What do you know! I know my students. There are slight differences between their and my list. :))))
When I assign tasks, I usually create and print certificates of achievement. I know students are especially proud of their work. Their peers work harder next time to receive such certificate and even parents often visit to say thank-you, too.