ERIC Number: EJ867940
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 7
Hall, Philip S.
Reclaiming Children and Youth, v18 n3 p49-53 2009
Using rewards to impact students' behavior has long been common practice. However, using reward systems to enhance student learning conveniently masks the larger and admittedly more difficult task of finding and implementing the structure and techniques that children with special needs require to learn. More important, rewarding the child for good behavior does nothing to develop his or her moral understanding. Instead of bribing children to respect others, the author suggests to employ the principle of logical consequences. The principle of logical consequences states that when a child engages in a behavior that hurts someone, destroys property, or disrupts the classroom learning/teaching environment, educators need to take away privileges from the child to the extent necessary to protect others. A logical consequence can be done by: (1) protecting others; (2) enhancing moral development; (3) teaching new skills; and (4) strengthening the teacher-child relationship. Here, the author stresses that, if children are to become responsible adults, they must be treated as much like adults as their behavior warrants and circumstances permit.
Descriptors: Discipline, Rewards, Moral Development, Student Behavior, Positive Reinforcement, Learning Strategies, Teaching Methods, Behavior Modification, Moral Values, Skill Development, Teacher Student Relationship, Special Needs Students
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