Motivating your learners to learn and to participate can be very hard. Some teachers have their hands full with class management and they don’t even get to teaching. In order to stimulate learning and to motivate good behavior, lots of teachers use rewards for learners. Rewarding is a type of behavior management that focuses on rewarding what is done well by learners. Teachers focus less on reprimanding learners for misbehavior and more on rewarding good behavior and accomplishments.
Learners are motivated to achieve and conform to appropriate behaviours when either intrinsically or extrinsically rewarded. Those Learners who prefer intrinsic motivation enjoy, personally challenging projects and accomplishing educational tasks just for the love of learning. On the other hand, learners who prefer extrinsic motivation look for fame, grades, and praise. The type of reward given to learners must be fair and consistent for all learners but also must vary for each task. Advantages of rewards are the following:
- Promote appropriate behaviour
- Increased motivation for full effort on classroom tasks
- Positive leaner welfare
- Boosted self-esteem
- Higher learner achievement
Desired learner behaviour Types of rewards