Saturday, April 13, 2013

Rewarding Positive Behavior

I'm always on the lookout for fun and engaging activities to offer students as a reward for all the effort and good behavior they demonstrate week after week, and also as an incentive to keep up the great work.  I'm not a big fan of rewarding kids with "things", because it's just not in my budget...but special activities are another story.  I use the Whole Brain approach to classroom management, and my classes can earn one point in the "art bank" each day they successfully complete the scoreboard.  After they have four points we take time for a reward activity.
Koo Koo Kangaroo is our current reward.  The dance is easy, lively and  a whole lot of fun.  Kids really enjoy learning the steps and stomping it out.  This is a keeper.
What incentives do you use in your art room, classrooms?  Please share.


  1. lol love! the guy on the left totally steals the show

  2. Hi,I'm also a teacher and I perfectly understand the problem of the budget ;-)
    The trouble with rewarding kids with gadgets is that each time they expect to get something better, bigger, more interesting... I found out a cheap reward that my students really enjoy. On a big sheet of paper I prepare a colourful table with kids' names and an empty ice cream cone next to each name. Every time they earn a reward I draw an ice cream ball in their cones. They can choose "taste" or draw the balls themselves. It's always a great fun!

  3. Thank you for this!! I've used this video in my art classroom and during a professional learning faculty was a hit!!! Our school has a get moving program going on now and this fit in perfectly!!

  4. Oh nice, students love this video and the beauty of it is that it takes only a few minutes to learn the routine.