Reinforcement is important in any classroom as it lays the foundation for rewarding students for remaining on task. Reinforcement can be as simple as specific verbal praise, a high five, or something tangible. To find reinforcers for students that appear to not easily be reinforced, one must know what they are willing to work for. These surveys can help.

In addition, research states that positive reinforcement should come in a ratio of 4:1 for behavior change. Simply stated, it takes four positive comments to reverse the damage that one negative can make. Keep in mind that the level of reinforcement in our classroom reflects the level of positive, appropriate behavior in our classroom. As we want more, we must reinforce more.

Make sure to use specific, contingent praise. For instance, stay away from "good job" and use something more specific:
"I love the way you're standing still."
"Great standing!"
"I love how straight and still your body is!"

Low Cost Incentives:

Low cost incentives are other ideas of different things that students can work for. The following graphics show examples of low-cost incentives for use in the classroom.



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