Teaching Students with Learning and Behavioural Differences
A Resource Guide for Teachers
Appendix 13: Incentive Programs
The key to an incentive program is to find what works as an incentive for the student. It begins as an extrinsic reward paired with a goal. You are in fact trying to mold a student's behaviour. Eventually, if successful, the student develops an internal awareness of appropriate behaviour.
Allow students to serve as school or peer helpers, ensuring the criteria gives all students a chance to participate. For example, a student might do one of the following:
- work in another class,
- assist in the library,
- help in the school store,
- work in the physical education equipment room
- assist in the noon hour lunch program
- read to other students, perhaps younger children
For example, award extra marks when students appropriately use a personal planner or set up their pages correctly for lab reports.
Give out "bucks" as a reinforcer in a token economy which can be redeemed for the following:
- 1 per cent improvement on any given test
- items at monthly swap meet
- a place at the head of the lunch line
- computer time
- personal time
- purchase or rent of forgotten text
Working in Hall
Allow students who earn the privilege the responsibility of working outside the classroom.