I work with a little guy that proved to be a daily behavioral challenge, so I decided to have a heart to heart with him and find out more about him so that I could positively reward his good behavior and provide him with incentives to work towards. One of his main favorites was Lego’s, so I provided Lego books for him to read, Lego stickers in the treasure box, and the opportunity to earn a small Lego set. This worked wonders and made my job a little bit easier.
Taking the time to really get to know your students and finding out what makes them tick will make your job as a teacher that much easier. Have the students complete a Reinforcement Inventory at the beginning and middle of the year to help keep track of the students current motivations.
In my classroom, I took note of different things that were important to each student that I worked with. I used the students interests to my advantage by incorporating their interests into the classroom. I made sure that the classroom library contained books that kept the students wanting to read based off their interests. In my treasure box, used for accomplishments and behavioral motivations, I made sure that I included items that would appeal to my students.