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What ways do you use positive reinforcement in your classroom to prevent behaviors?
I have also found in my 2nd Grade classroom that positive reinforcement works best. I use many rewards for those who leave at the end of the day on the color green using the card system. Each day they are on green they earn a sticker to fill a chart. When the chart is filled they get to choose a reward coupon. I usually try to point out the positive things students are doing instead of the negative. I would say"I like they way...is sitting on the rug," and the more I say it the other students begin to join in so that I say their name as well.
I think Rick Lavoie's book- The Motivation breakthrough- is great on this. One of my favorite suggestions he's ever made has been the following:
Instead of calling a parent with bad news, call with good news instead. Call the parent of a kid who has been struggling and has had a great day, and call to let them know that he's really making progress, and you are proud of them.
You will have super powers after this.
This has an instant effect of breaking all the past scripts that say a note home from school is always bad news; the parent will be proud and pleased as punch, as will the child; both will be happy that you notice the effort the child is putting in- it makes such a big impact on how people view school, it is worth the effort.
Last year, one of my older son;s teachers wrote a spontaneous note home saying how much he really enjoyed having my son in class and specifically things he was doing that was showing how much he was growing, socially and emotionally. Not only is that letter in my box of special treasures, i would now do just about anything this teacher asked, because they took the time to care.