Saturday, November 08, 2008

IRS -- Individual Reward Systems
Here's a thought. What if, instead of having a set of consequences for negative behaviors, I had a set of rewards for positive behaviors? Deposits for being good instead of demerits for being bad. Food? Money? Entertainment? That kind of external reward system doesn't nurture the development of internal motivation, but for some kids it might be novel enough to be effective. Maybe, eventually, "being good" will become rewarding in its own right and they can be weened off of the life-support of external controls.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Creating a Calm and Productive Classroom

The beginning of second quarter creates a clean grade slate for each kid. For those that earned good grades in the first quarter, their efforts will likely continue unabated. For those that didn't, there is a great opportunity for an instantly-rewarding change in class behavior, personal productivity and the increased learning (and grades) that those yield. My role in grades is usually minimal, but based on the fact that there were almost 25% F's in the overall distribution of my classes, I think it is time for me to reign in on some relaxed classroom privileges and impose consequences that have more of a 'cost' to the students than my continual requests for class compliance and self control.

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Teacher of seventh grade life science in Sunnyvale and Director of the MERIT Teacher Technology Training Program at Foothill College..."Making Education Relevant and Interactive through Technology"