How to Reward Good Behavior in the Classroom

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How to Reward Good Behavior in the Classroom
Extra recess time can be a reward for positive classroom behaviour. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

Rewarding positive behaviour in the classroom is an effective method of classroom management. Encouraging positive behaviour and discouraging unwanted behaviour helps children realise what is expected of them. Furthermore, rewarding positive behaviour in the classroom provides children with attention and recognition. The teacher's consistency is key in maximising the benefits from any reward system.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Give students social rewards when they are exhibiting good behaviour. Social rewards include verbal praise, positive attention, or a simple pat on the back. Social rewards give children self-confidence and self-worth by making them feel special and accepted.

  2. 2

    Recognise consistently well-behaved students in a tangible way that will garner attention from others. Call home to a student's parents, make a school-wide morning announcement, or give the student a certificate to take home. In-class recognition may also include a student of the week or student of the month award.

  3. 3

    Assign privileges to reinforce good behaviour in the classroom. A well-behaved student can be the line-leader, choose his or her own seat, have extra computer or recess time or choose a day's activity. Privileges reinforce positive behaviour and make children feel empowered.

  4. 4

    Reward the whole class if they have exhibited good behaviour over a period of time. This can be presented to the class as a contest or the teacher can unexpectedly reward the class. Hold class outside, listen to music or take the class on a field trip.

  5. 5

    Design a point system that rewards positive behaviour. A child earns a point or special sticker for each day of good behaviour. After so many points, the child may receive a small gift or a homework pass.

Tips and warnings

  • Rewarding children with food of any kind is generally not recommended. It is only a temporary reward and may encourage unhealthy eating habits.

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