Rewarding students for achievements on tests, projects, speeches, and activities is very important. Consistent use of rewards helps build morale and motivation. Students like to see their accomplishments praised. Take a few moments to use strategies to provide rewards and you will be seeing students who are striving even harder to reach their academic potential.
- Reward hard work to help students reach their potential. Everyone strives a bit harder if they know they will receive some acknowledgement or reward at the end of the project.
- Create a large poster that you update after every major test or quiz. List the names of the 10 tops scorers on the test or quiz. Students love to see their name displayed in the room. Knowing that they make the achievement list encourages them to study more consistently.
- Obtain journals and books to distribute to the students as a reward after high grades on an assignment. Teenagers love to write about their lives. A journal is often a treasured possession. Schools often provide journals or check flea markets or thrift stores to find inexpensive journals and books.
- Obtain colourful or personalized pencils to give out as achievement rewards. You can often find pencils engraved to say “Good Job” or special order some with the school name. Holiday theme pencils are also a lot of fun to distribute as rewards.
- Use special achievement certificates to honour students who have made the honour roll or who have the highest grades in class. A certificate the student may bring home to show parents is always a popular reward.