No Series: Positive Reinforcement for Class Participation

Positive Reinforcement for Class Participation

Lesson Objective: See Ms. Hall using simple rewards to recognize class participation
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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. Notice how Ms. Hall takes 10 seconds to review her expectations for participation What is meant by the narrator's statement of "always show you mean business"?
  2. How does Ms. Hall's positive approach encourage participation?

22 Comments

  • Private message to Todd Christopher

My takeaway from the video is that over time your rewards should start shifting from just awarding participation to rewarding higher-level thinking. I was genuinely surprised that stickers helped, but after a little thinking back I remember my science teacher putting stickers on my tests. It never made me super excited, but it did encourage me to continue my good work. 

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  • Private message to Brouse Caleb

By creating a positive atmosphere in her classroom and rewarding students for participating, this gives the students a lot more motivation to want to participate in class. This also makes the actual class time more engaging and fun for the students. 

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  • Private message to Francisca Onokwu

The positive reinforcement really worked.  The student looked forward to getting their stickers.

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  • Private message to Shay Centilli

Even in older schools it was good to see the students getting excited over stickers, because then they knew they were doing the right thing and the teachers knew and were paying attention to them. Also this teacher does an awesome job with verbal praising the kids because like she said that student raising their hand could have been one of the hardest things they did that day. Also she said " If you give them the time to be bored that is when the misbehaving comes into play". 

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  • Private message to Michael Stires

“Always show you mean business” carries a stigma that if a student does anything against the expectations of Ms. Hall then one will be able to handle the consequences that follows with those actions, or be praised for doing right and exceeding expectations of the teacher. Ms. Hall does a great job engaging in positive participation by letting her students know of the reward that will follow if their actions in the assignment exceed her expectations.

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Transcripts

  • Summary

    An award-winning design and technology (D&T) Advanced Skills Teacher (AST), shows behavior expert John Bayley how she engages a lively

    Summary

    An award-winning design and technology (D&T) Advanced Skills Teacher (AST), shows behavior expert John Bayley how she engages a lively Year 9 class, in this short classroom-management and pedagogy video.
    Kelly Hall uses rewards and encouragement to maintain pupils' interest, and participation levels rise when she praises their contributions.
    Kelly has planned a Key Stage 3 lesson on product analysis that involves a series of short and varied activities to prevent boredom, reducing the need for disciplining and keeping the lesson moving.
    Her approach earns her respect from the pupils and John is impressed with her efficient methods.

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