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Rewards or gifts for students?

 
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ncaraway



Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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Location: Tainan, Taiwan

PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 6:28 am    Post subject: Rewards or gifts for students? Reply with quote

Two incidents happened this week that have me questioning what is an appropriate reward to give to students.

1) One of my fellow teachers asked me if two of my students were good in class. He told me he promised to give them a gift if they were good (which they were). I noticed he gave them a small package of cookies.

In this age of allergies and special diets I've been very reluctant to give children any food gifts/rewards for fear of causing a medical incident or getting in trouble with parents who think their kids eat too much candy.

2) I did a demo yesterday and one of the activities I did was a short game. At the end of the game I looked at the winner, smiled, and said, "very good" and clapped. However, she bore a look like, "that's all I get?." I admit, I hadn't considered any sort of prize or reward.

What do you do to handle situations like these? Do you give gifts/rewards? If so, what is appropriate?

Many thanks!
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cmp45



Joined: 17 Aug 2004
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Praise for a job well done should be enough in itself; however we live in a very materialistic world... youngsters especially... like recieving "something" tangible. ... I think most of us like recieving something to take away when we win a at a competition.
I would recommend wrapping a number of small items and have the winner pick one as their prize for being the best. No need to be expensive ...cheap trinkets or things related to school would be nice. Wrapping them up also makes the gift special and creates an element of suprise.
Games where competition is involved usually have some sort of prize awarded...no? In my opinion, the participants usually expect something.
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Glenski



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Consider the circumstances before offering anything tangible.

Age of students may be important
Previous level of their success
Overall significance of the activity or event
Type of reward (a grade/score, food, drink, certificate, plastic trophy, book coupon, etc.)

Students may come to expect something every time! Beware! They should be in it to learn, not take home a prize, IMO.
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's no prize to beat a modest hardback edition of Kapital. All my students who excelled received a copy gratefully. These days of course, with everything going digital, I usually award them with a little thumb-drive with a pdf file version.

http://content.csbs.utah.edu/~ehrbar/cap1.pdf
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coledavis



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sashadroogie: Is a visit to the local collective farm a reward or a sanction?
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is a joy, a great joy! Of course! How could it be anything else?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqacjY6UfuQ
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coledavis



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, Sash, that was idyllic. Which reminds me: I was wandering through Lenin Square one morning this week and saw a group of elderly people underneath Vladimir Ilyich's stature. They also had a poster of the sainted Josef Vissarionovich, commonly known as the man of steel. He is so popular in the people's paradise.
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ncaraway



Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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Location: Tainan, Taiwan

PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sashadroogie wrote:
There's no prize to beat a modest hardback edition of Kapital. All my students who excelled received a copy gratefully. These days of course, with everything going digital, I usually award them with a little thumb-drive with a pdf file version.

http://content.csbs.utah.edu/~ehrbar/cap1.pdf


Only Volume 1? I have that in paperback but I have no plans to give it to my students. By the way, Lenin was not opposed to "rewards" or competition. One of my favorite quotes:

"In capitalist society, statistics were entirely a matter for “government servants”, or for narrow specialists; we must carry statistics to the people and make them popular so that the working people themselves may gradually learn to understand and see how long and in what way it is necessary to work, how much time and in what way one may rest, so that the comparison of the business results of the various communes may become a matter of general interest and study, and that the most outstanding communes may be rewarded immediately (by reducing the working day, raising remuneration, placing a larger amount of cultural or aesthetic facilities or values at their disposal, etc.)."
-from The Immediate Tasks of the Soviet Government

In all seriousness though, my school offers "reward cards" which I give to students who win games or who are well-behaved. They are quite useful. The students collect them and get some sort of prize. It was only when I went to do a demo that I saw a student who expected more for winning. (Maybe they don't have many games in that school?)
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