Students aren’t always intrinsically motivated in the classroom. Therefore, it’s important to include some type of reinforcement for these students to motivate them and encourage more positive behaviors. Today we’re reviewing the most common objections to classroom reinforcement and how to use it properly.
One of the most common objections we get from teachers is that reinforcement isn’t needed, but there will always be those few learners who have challenges or need more help with the work load. Reinforcement is that extra push to get through the day to help those who might be too tired or unmotivated. Another objection is that classroom reinforcement doesn’t work, but that’s often due to not understanding the key components of a reinforcement system. We discuss how these components help make reinforcement effective and why reinforcement isn’t bribery.
We also talk about individual reinforcement systems, group and individual contingencies, and the do’s and don’ts of successful programs.
Download our reinforcement checklist to find the reinforcements that will most motivate your students.