Using Positive Reinforcement to Manage your Class
I have shared this strategy with many of my teacher friends but noticed that some were having more success than others. I came to the conclusion that knowing how to implement the system is a crucial element… because as B.F Skinner said:
1. DO NOT GIVE ANY ATTENTION TO NEGATIVE BEHAVIORS.
2. PRAISE THE HECK OUT OF THE KIDS WHO ARE DOING THE RIGHT THING!:
3. BE GENEROUS WITH RAFFLES WHEN YOUR GOAL IS TO CHANGE A SPECIFIC BEHAVIOR
Before you know it, the whole class is trickling in around the same time. At this point I don’t need to hand out so many raffles anymore. Heck, I might not even give out raffles at all for this behavior once it has been changed.On occassion, I will hand out raffles here and there, just to keep the positive behaviors continuing.
Usually, I give my kiddos a heads up as to how many raffles I will be giving out and for what behavior… but sometimes I will make it completely spontaneous. This just keeps them on their toes. For instance, let’s say homework was assigned over the weekend and only two students handed it in. Even though I didn’t announce that students would receive raffles for completing homework, I will give these two superstars a bunch of raffles (3 or more) just to make a point! It rewards the kids who are responsible and shows the rest of the class that they just never know when they might get rewarded!It might seem like homework has nothing to do with classroom management, but it does. If I don’t have to waste precious class time chasing up notes, homework, trip money etc. this results in a smooth flowing morning (the time when I get students to hand this stuff in)! A smooth flowing morning sets the tone for the rest of the day!
5. THE PRIZE ISN’T AS IMPORTANT AS YOU THINK
6. BE SPECIFIC:
Up until last year, I used to get kids to write their names on regular old paper that I had cut into rectangles. This worked fine to a degree, but I found that when I asked the raffle winners to recall what they won the raffle for, sometimes they would forget, or it would take them a while to remember. I needed to tweak my system…and so I did!My new system can be used for: character education, story writing, building self esteem, building a positive classroom climate, and developing positive self-talk in children…all while building vocabulary too!
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