ERIC Number: EJ792073
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
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Rewards Not Working?
Instructor, v115 n4 p19-20, 52 Dec 2005
Most teachers would say that they use incentives--such as gold stars and extra recess-time--to help kids stay on track in the classroom and they give warnings and time-outs when they are not. There is no question it is hard keeping a class of 25 energetic eight-year-olds engaged and learning. But is this approach the only option? There is always the child who refuses to behave despite repeated loss of privileges, or the one who chooses a long book to read, saying, "I want to win more stickers." Alfie Kohn, author of "Beyond Discipline," says rewards and punishments do not encourage learning. This article presents an interview with Kohn about how teachers can give up "behavior management" and create a community of compassionate and invested learners in the process.
Descriptors: Discipline, Student Behavior, Rewards, Student Motivation, Incentives, Classroom Techniques, Teacher Student Relationship, Student Participation, Classroom Environment
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