Great ideas for rewards! My idea has always been that getting to create art
was its own reward, but adding incentives like getting to use "special"
materials makes it more attractive to the students. It's perfect, they are
doing what you want them to do (creating art) and they are feeling like they
earned it as a reward. Thanks for sharing.
My school's music teacher uses the point system you speak of, but as a
reward they get "choice day" where they can do a number of fun, musically
related activites, like karaoke. I'm not very successful with keeping track
of points, but it sounds like a good system.
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From: "Beth Hanlon" <BHanlo@DOVER.K12.PA.US>
To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, November 04, 2002 3:20 PM
Subject: Re: Suggestions for handing behavior problems?
. . . I remember using an incentive called best table(s). Each table earned
stars during the class for mostly being on task. I would write them on the
board. When they reached a certain number (usually 5), I would give them a
reward (like feathers as the finishing touch to their Kachina doll , gold
paint to add highlights to their mummy case, glitter to add to their maraca,
etc) It worked and if I couldn't think of a special supply , there was
always candy. :)
I'm in a semi-rural setting now (5th-6th) and use points per classroom. They
can earn 5 points each class (entering quietly, silent during directions,
quiet work time and on task, orderly and timely cleanup, and quiet lineup).
I keep track on a chart and they earn priviledges for points - such as at 10
points they can use the sensor sink (yes this really works and 5th gr is so
excited about this!) , 40 points they can use the ELECTRIC pencil sharpener
(there is a manual one they use up to that point) , later points include...
music in class, change seats for a day , art bingo and perfect score at end
of year I buy them freeze pops and cheese curls and we call it a party!