Thursday, August 16, 2012

What Rewards Are Effective? Not Effective?

Researchers (from 4 noted institutions) conducted 6 experiments in 3 low-performing Chicago area districts.  Incentives to do well on low-stakes diagnostic tests were measured, not the long-term effect of learning the material.  LEX doesn't use this approach.  Is there any value in this research to our current reward system?  Other question...When is a reward a bribe?  How are we effectively rewarding our students for achievement and effort?  Share one of your stories.

Study Finds Timing of Student Rewards Key to Effectiveness.  Sarah Sparks. 8.1.12  Education Week

1 comment:

  1. I hope the world of education doesn't completely change to always "reward" students for doing "good" work--especially with money??
    For some things happening in the classroom, it can be fun(motivational) to reward the students for a job well done. As the article states, timing is important to the action. I like the idea that students should know what their working for prior to the action and should be rewarded as soon as possible(student time frame is short). They will work harder to keep it. Also it was interesting to note that rewarding behavior students can control is more successful than rewarding behavior they can't control. For example, it would be better to reward scores taking a quiz on books read than just to say do better on standardized tests or get better grades.
    Some interesting thoughts on student rewards.