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ncaraway



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

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cmp45



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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



Joined: 15 Jan 2003
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Location: Hokkaido, JAPAN

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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