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I am generous with praise and encouragement for my elementary students, but
I question whether using tangible awards/rewards is ultimately a good thing
to do. It has been suggested to me, to give art achievement awards to 5th
graders who are moving on to middle school, what do you think of this idea?
If you think it's a good idea, what would be the criteria?
Also, I keep a chart, called a "smiley chart" (charting classroom behavior -
noise, productivity, clean-up), and twice a year, the class with the most
smileys in each grade level gets to have a party. They plan it, but we end
up usually eating, listening to music and playing pictionary. Fun is had by
all, but I'm not sure it's all that motivating, and I hate wasting that day!
It seems that well behaved "rooms" would be well behaved with or without the
chart, however, it helps me remember which classrooms I have to be more
strict and less free with....what are your thoughts? By the way, I know
that behavior is individual, I just feel I have too many students to keep
track of, I don't punish the "classrooms" just reward them.