The adage "The squeaky wheels get the grease" too often holds true in schools. In many schools, many misbehaving students get the bulk of the staff's attention. In such a climate, educators can easily overlook students' positive behaviors.
Students gain special recognition when they do something positive - in or out of the classroom - that benefits the school or community. My students' parents get a phone call from me whenever their child does something good in class. Then they get an "End of Advisory Certificate of Recognition" which gives them plus Pride Points from their homeroom teachers. The certificates remain posted in the class bulletin board until the Parent Teacher Conferences wherein their parents personally pick up the certificate of recognition.
This program in my class is to give recognition and focus more on positive behaviors. The criteria for behaviors worthy of positive referral are open- ended to allow as many as possible to be recognized.
It is a great way to recognize the little things that happen that help make a great environment. This program has been newly implemented this school year but the students and parents are showing positive response to this.
CLASSROOM REWARDS I USE
certificates of recognition
independent study activity
work in "quiet corner"
play board games/ card games
work with a peer on a classwork
Help the Teacher
Construct bulletin boards
pass out materials
do research on the internet
tutor othe students
clean the classroom
use the computer
smiles, nods, hugs
certificate of merit
wink, eye contact
positive comments on papers
positive non verbal gestures
drawings on papers, smiling faces
pats on the back
being asked opinions, advice
Letters/ positive referrals to parents
work displayed photograph posted on Bulletin Boards
Learning (for the sake of learning)
relaxation, quiet time in the classroom
feeling of success
enjoyment of their work posted
having options, alternatives
The homevisits also introduced me to the community that my students live in. I was able to talk in a casual way to the family members and get to know my students in a more personal way. I can positively see that this will create a good working relationship with the parents of my students.
Source: Classroom Teacher's Survival Guide: Practical Strategies, Management Techniques, and Reproducibles for New and Experienced Teachers