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macdonaldke
reply to whitemb: gradual incentive
Fri Jun 5, 2015 10:54
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I agree with your point in saying that there is always an "incentive" for doing anything, but the perspective on the incentive and types of incentives changes over time. I liked how you mentioned that even as adults, we still love incentives! I think the way to shift from tangible, reward-type incentives such as candy, stickers, and prizes, to more intrinsic incentives is communication and discussion. You mentioned that grades are incentives for older students. They can be for younger students if we explain at an earlier age what grades represent (or what they are supposed to represent): their performance towards the mastery of the content they are supposed to be learning that year. I think any student would feel proud to know that they are learning and retaining the curriculum at or ahead of the rate that they are expected to!

  • Gradual Incentive - whitemb2, Thu Jun 4 22:45
    I believe incentives are very important! I won't lie, as an adult I love incentives! Of course I am not receiving toys or awards, but I receive compliments for doing my job which makes me feel happy. ... more
    • RE: gradual incentive - Lauren Livingston, Sat Jun 6 19:50
      I enjoyed reading your views on incentives. I personally do not like incentives and have not seen success when using incentives. The few times I used incentives I found that students obsessed over... more
    • RE: Gradual Incentive - K. Madison Broome, Fri Jun 5 21:49
      I totally agree! I think that rewards and incentives can always be present they might just change their form. For example, a good reward for me would not be a toy but maybe praise or something like a ... more
    • reply to whitemb: gradual incentive - macdonaldke, Fri Jun 5 10:54
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