Positive Reinforcement Related Tags: Classroom Management More Related Discussions Maddi , High School Spanish teacher in Maryland Posted 12/05/2012 2:15PM | Last Commented 06/11/2014 7:01PM 26 Replies 2487 Views What ways do you use positive reinforcement in your classroom to prevent behaviors? Sign in to vote! Sign in to Flag as Spam Share 26 Share Comments (26 Replies)Sign in or register to postSubscribe to comments via RSS Newest Related Discussions Show 10 More Comments Posted 7/11/2013 6:38am Mike ProcykBand teacher from Bowling Green, Ohio As someone already said in the Twitter comments, it's essential in band. For me, the students see my excitement when they do something well, which helps them get excited. I think that is the simplest, most honest and effective form of positive feedback. Sign in to vote! Posted 7/12/2013 5:12pm C. CapecePhysical Education Teacher, Baltimore, MD In PE, I have students model and demonstrate for their peers when I catch them doing something constructive in class. I think it helps build self-esteem and encourages the other classmates to work hard. Sign in to vote! Posted 7/17/2013 11:15am zepEducation Specialist I am always as careful with positive feedback as I am with corrective feedback, Alfie Kohn has an excellent book on this topic, Punished by Rewards. He outlines the many dangers of "molding" our kids through praise rather than allowing them the space and respect needed for them to grow into their own person. Sign in to vote! Posted 7/17/2013 3:50pm Diane WoodwardI teach elementary general music in Shreveport, Louisiana. I completely changed my teaching four years ago (after about 20 years) after learning about and implementing Whole Brain Teaching (wholebrainteaching.com). It is so positive and effective. There is a lot of positive reinforcement, not just from the teacher, but from peers. Great management tools! I think one has to be very careful with general praise. It is better to DESCRIBE specifically what you see that is positive and let the student draw his/her own conclusion about himself rather than make a general comment on character. That kind of praise can backfire, especially in a child with a poor self-concept. Read Teacher and Child by Haim Ginott (old book, great if you can find it), How to Talk so Students Will Listen by his proteges, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, and Don't Shoot the Dog (behavior mod that is not dry reading). These books changed my life even before I found WBT. The last two are very easy reads. Sign in to vote! Posted 8/6/2013 6:28pm WendyTitle I Teacher, Grades K-2 in Cuyahoga Falls, OH Hi! I'm new here, and just "getting my feet wet". In reference to positive reinforcement, I just read something interesting. In Teaching With Love and Logic, it talks about saying, "I noticed that you..." instead of "I like that you..." because using the word "like" gives the impression that the student is working to please the teacher, rather than for him or herself. Any thoughts on this? Sign in to vote! Posted 8/7/2013 7:26am zepEducation Specialist Wendy, all educators who think about the question of how we facilitate intrinsic motivation versus the conventional rewards/punishments which extoll extrinsic motivation are always thinking about both the explicit and latent functions of our practice, welcome! Sign in to vote! Posted 8/7/2013 10:49am Samer RabadiCommunity Manager at Edutopia Staff Hi Wendy, welcome to the community! There's been some really interesting research lately comparing the value of praising a child's innate qualities ("You're so smart!") versus their process ("You worked so hard!"). Turns out that one (process) is much more effective than the other. Here are a couple of articles that go into more depth: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2013/february/talking-to-baby-021213.html http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2011/11/the_trouble_with_bright_kids.html Sign in to vote! Posted 8/7/2013 11:17am zepEducation Specialist All praise is ripe with dangers regardless of our intent, I would strongly encourage taking a look at any of the research done by Alfie Kohn, "PUNISHED BY REWARDS: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes". He does a nice job and is extraordinarily well documented in showing the danger of turning students into little "us" robots inadvertently. Sign in to vote! Posted 8/13/2013 4:08pm Forever LearningSecond grade teacher from New Jersey I love watching the teachers in action in the Whole Brain videos. So far I've watched many of them over and over again. They are great models for motivational teaching. Sign in to vote! Posted 8/13/2013 4:12pm Forever LearningSecond grade teacher from New Jersey Whole Brain Teaching is amazing! I loved watching the teachers over and over again. I want to implement as many ideas as I can next year. Sign in to vote! Discussion Classroom Transitions- Bring your ideas for how to make them better for students.Last comment 3 hours 52 min ago in Classroom Management Discussion What are the Modeled Behaviors Children Learn from Teachers in the Classroom?Last comment 4 days 12 hours ago in Classroom Management Discussion Do "Tough Teachers" Make Students Learn More?Last comment 6 days 4 hours ago in Classroom Management Discussion The Dos and Don'ts of Classroom Management: Your 25 Best TipsLast comment 5 days 45 min ago in Classroom Management Discussion "I'm Done": Meaningful Work for Classroom DowntimeLast comment 2 days 1 hour ago in Classroom Management Sign in and Join the Discussion! Not a member? Register to join the discussion. 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