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Positive Reinforcement in the Classroom

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Transcript of Positive Reinforcement in the Classroom

POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT IN THE CLASSROOM
What is POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT?
What is the difference between
POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT and a REWARD?
A reward is given in recognition of an effort or an achievement, with or without expectation for repitition.
A positive reinforcement increases the desired behavior's frequency, intensity, or duration of occurence.
Effective Positive Reinforcement is...
pecific

mmediate

onnected
"Anything that occurs after a behavior that increases the likelihood that the behavior will reoccur.

- B.F. Skinner
5 BEST TIPS FROM TEACHERS
TYPES OF POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT
The Big Bang Theory - "The Gothowitz Deviation" (2009)
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Reward SPECIFIC behavior.
Give it IMMEDIATELY after behavior occurs.
Establish a CONNECTION between the reward to the behavior.
Think
SIC!
5 to 1 gets
the job done!
Keep it simple.
Use visual aids.
Choose meaningful, age-appropriate rewards.
Start rewarding often,
gradually reduce and
maintain expectations.
Teacher Approval
Praise; verbal or written.
Competitive
Approval
Peer Approval
Independent Rewards
Consumable Rewards
Student "wins" a reward.
Peers earn support of behavior by working together in social setting.
Allowing students to make independent choices as a reward.
Physical objects: edibles, toys, balloons, stickers, and awards.
What positive reward systems have worked for you?
Token Reinforcers
Awarding points or tokens that have little value in themselves but can be exchanged for something of value.
Reward should be valued, preferred, and individualized.
What may be motivating for one student may be entirely useless for another.

1.) Observe the student
2.) Ask the student
3.) Monitor and evaluate

How do I choose the right REWARD?
Example of Reinforcement Survey
Characteristics of
Effective Praise
Selective.
Descriptive and specific.
Avoids comparisons.
Focuses on improvement of process.
You put all the lid on the markers so they won't dry out!
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