Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Positive Reinforcement

While observing a third grade classroom,  I noticed the teacher used positive reinforcement to encourage good behavior within her classroom.  The teacher would offer certain rewards for good behavior such as 5 extra minutes of recess, candy, free homework passes, and even simple compliments.  The students seemed to respond well to the positive reinforcement, and her classroom was one of the most well behaved classes I got the opportunity to observe. 
As an aspiring teacher, I found Positive reinforcement to be something  I would like to implement in my own classroom.  I noticed that positive reinforcement really motivated the students to behave, as opposed to the  negative reinforcement some of the other teachers used on their students. By rewarding their good behavior the students knew what the teacher wanted them to do, and were more likely to repeat the good behavior again.

1 comment:

  1. I am in the same boat as you, I am going to school to become a teacher and I also observed positive reinforcement in a second grade classroom. Every time the students were well behaved or got a good grade (B or better) on a test or quiz she would give them a sticker. They had sticker chats on their desks, and when the got ten stickers she gave them some kind of prize and when the whole class got ten stickers, she gave them a pizza party.
    I definitely want to use that idea of positive reinforcement when I have my own class one day because I want to teacher second or third grade.