Student Contributor: R. Castro
Implementing the reward coupons tool in the classroom is a great way to maintain classroom discipline. When the students behave, they are recognized by their teacher. The teacher gives them the option to choose a coupon of their choice.
This tool should be created by the teacher and used by the students. The coupons can range from being able to sit at the teacher’s desk, to be the leader of the line. They should be eye-catching to the student, for them to want to earn them. It is important to keep in mind that there should be rules when introducing them to the classroom. For example, knowing for how long the coupon is valid and giving them to the teacher at the beginning of the day. Something that was done in our classroom was being clear that students had to use one coupon at a time and within the first week that they received the coupon. Our students enjoyed reward coupons so much that they would suggest new ones to the teacher.
This tool relates to the supportive phase because it happens during the teaching, helping students to continue their good behavior. By praising students with coupons, the teacher is supporting their good choices. Also, students at this time should know their classroom expectations and teachers will support them by creating reward coupons. Additionally, this classroom tool best fits the collaborative and teacher-directed theory. This is due to the teacher deciding what the coupons would include. It is collaborative in the sense that the teacher creates them to their students' liking and the students show good behavior to receive them. Most importantly, the teacher has the role of creating the rules of how to properly use the coupons. Overall, the classroom works together to achieve great classroom management.
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Tool Source: Foxwell Forest