Trouble-Shooting Reward Programs: A Teacher's Guide

Q: My reward program worked for a while but now it doesn't seem to be very effective.

Jackpot! Ideas for Classroom Rewards

Read through this list for reward ideas that will motivate your students.

Appropriate School Performance

Rewards are often central to effective school interventions.

Jim's Hints

When Choosing Rewards, Apply the '3 Tests': Choosing rewards to use as incentives for a student intervention may seem simple and straightforward. A reinforcer, however, probably will not be successful unless it passes three important tests:

  • Acceptability Test. Does the teacher approve of using the reinforcer with this child? Are parent(s) likely to approve the use of the reinforcer with their child?
  • Availability Test. Is the reinforcer typically available in a school setting? If not, can it be obtained with little inconvenience and at a cost affordable to staff or parents?
  • Motivation Test. Does the child find the reinforcer to be motivating?
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