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Chapter 2: Reinforcing Effort and Providing Recognition

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Chapter 2: Reinforcing Effort and Providing Recognition
What is reinforcing effort and its purpose?
Reinforcing effort
is telling a student that they can learn. Letting them become aware of their own learning potential and ability.

Reinforcing effort is a process that involves explicitly teaching students about the relationship between effort and achievement and acknowledging students’ efforts when they work hard to achieve. When teachers emphasize this connection, they help students develop a sense of control over their academic learning.
Recognizing students’ efforts along the way to achieving a goal helps them strengthen their resolve to complete the task or internalize the learning (Marzano, Pickering, and Pollock ,2001, p. 21).

What does it mean to provide recognition and its purpose?
Providing recognition
is letting the students know that they have done something right.

Providing recognition is the process of acknowledging students’ attainment of specific goals (Marzano, Pickering, and Pollock, 2001, p.21).

of providing recognition is to encourage the student to continue to strive for academic greatness.
What does the research say about this strategy?
Research indicates that when teachers use an approach that bases student success on mastery of the task (i.e., a mastery‑oriented approach) rather than on comparison to others’ performance, praise can be used to promote student
engagement and decrease behavioral problems (Moore‑Partin, Robertson, Maggin, Oliver, & Wehby, 2010; Simonson, Fairbanks, Briesch, Myers, & Sugai, 2008).

Marzano, R., Pickering, D.J.,and Pollock, J.E. (2001). Classroom instruction

that works: Research-based strategies for improving student

achievement. Arlington, VA: (ASCD)
How do I implement this strategy? EFFORT
1. Teach it! Make the students aware of the importance of having effort. Provide examples of people who have overcome obstacles because they believed in themselves. (Ernest Green or The Little Engine That Could)

2. Have the students be accountable for their own effort. They can do this by keeping an effort log, achievement chart, or the teacher can use a rubric where they can track how well they are doing.
How do I implement this strategy? RECOGNITION
1. Make it personal! Recognize the accomplishment of the student in particular. It will make them feel as though they are valued.

2. Pause, Prompt, and Praise. The teacher will take time to pause and have the students look at the problem, guide them, and when the student improves she will give them praise.

3. Use symbols of recognition. Teachers can use stickers, awards, coupons, and treats to implement recognition.
Best Tips for Implementation
1. Be consistent. If the students see the teacher always put a value in recognizing effort and reinforcing effort they will be more inclined to do so as well.

2. Keep a positive attitude and believe in your students. If you believe in them and keep an attitude of positivity, they will believe in themselves too.

3. Help the students help themselves. Allow them to take responsibility for their efforts and recognize them when they are making progress.
Web Links for Teachers for Reinforcing Effort and Providing Recognition
This website gives more information about the strategy. The website ends with links that help with ideas for providing recognition.

This website gives more information about the strategy. This website provides a printable performance chart and an example of an effort rubric.

This website gives a definition of the strategy and provides a demonstration and a video.
3 Tips Connecting Reading and Curriculum and Instruction Concepts to this Strategy
* When you inspire and encourage students to do their best it will then allow for students to recognize their own potential. This will allow them to do better in their academics be it reading or any other disciplines.

* Having the students be accountable for their effort is something that will help them on their academics. When they can tell if they are putting forth the effort, they will notice that they are doing better in their academics.

* Providing little students with encouraging tokens is a great way to keep them excited about learning. They will feel that they have accomplished something great and they will continue to put forth the effort to keep it going. In their school work they will want their teacher to be proud of them and give them a token so they will try harder.
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