Incentives in the Classroom

I love incentives. By definition an incentive is “something that incites or tends to incite to action or greater effort, as a reward offered for increased productivity.” (Thank you!)

Kids need incentives. Think about it: when you were little you probably got some kind of allowance/extra privileges for doing chores. If you were good at the doctor, you got a lollipop or a sticker when you left. If you were reeeeeaaallllly good all year round, Santa/the Easter Bunny/St. Nick brought gifts! Even the tooth fairy left you money for loosing your teeth! Incentives work, people!

I love different kinds of incentives. Ones that motivate my kids to make good choices. Let me give you a few examples that I’ve found lately:

Homework Incentives – Keeping up with the Joneses


Not Using Your Cell Phone in Class Incentives


Staying Quiet During Classwork Incentives

All of these are new and fun ways to include incentives without being the teacher/parent that says “if you’re good, I’ll give you candy!”

I truly believe that we as a society need to stop rewarding bad behaviors, and instead enforce proper behaviors. I think all of these do exactly that. Your incentive is to make the right choice or there is a consequence. Be a good citizen because you can be. Use your force for good, not evil…wait…that’s for something else, right? 🙂

Happy Tuesday everyone! Leave me your favorite classroom/parenting incentive so I can add them to my ever-growing list!!


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