The first of our after-school ‘Workshops of Wonder’ on Magic Monday 4 was delivered by Mark Nesbitt – Assistant Curriculum Team Leader for Science, who shared his thoughts on motivation with us. Here is Mark’s summary on how we can use praise and rewards as tools to promote student achievement.
Reasons we use praise and rewards
Education literature on rewards and praise spans over 60 years and at times can be conflicting. Hopefully I can generalise the common positive findings from studies and make some suggestions on how you could maximise their effectiveness in your practice.
I’m going to start with a few reasons why we praise and reward students. These include:
- As an incentive for students to complete a task
- To praise a certain behaviour
- To help raise expectations
- To promote effort when carrying out an instruction
- To motivate students to complete their work
“If you are motivated to achieve to…
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