Positive Reinforcement

I love positive reinforcement.  Sometimes…okay, maybe a lot of times…there are a few little friends who need a little something more than positive reinforcement.  You know those babies I’m talkin’ about…the ones who just DO NOT…no matter how positive you are…respond to it.  Those are the kids that *might* give me a little bit of heartburn & grey hair ;)  However, I still use positive reinforcement as often as I possibly can!  One of my favorite things to do is give out certificates & awards.  The kids LOVE these!  I’m always so shocked how motivated they are by a piece of paper :)  Not only do these little certificates & notes reward my firsties, but they help encourage the ones who need it most.  Whatever works, right?! 
Click on the pic to download 16 different certificates/awards/notes!

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Graphic courtesy of Scrappin' Doodles

The last three pages in the download are little slips I like to send home “just because”.  I like to write positive notes home just to let the parents know what a rockin’ job their babies are doing…bucket filling, if you will ;)  I especially like for the kids to fill them out, too!!  That’s their favorite!! 
How do you use positive reinforcement in your class?!?!

30 comments:

  1. Cute certificates. I will definitely use these!
    I LOVE positive reinforcement. It's SO much better than being negative all the time. I use a clip chart for behavior management, so I move students up when they have made good choices. At the end of the day, if they are on blue or purple, they get a sticker to put on their shirts that says, "I was on blue (or purple) today! Mrs. Southard is SO proud of me!" I also have postcards I mail home. I try to get one out to everyone at least once a month. Then, of course, there's always the trusty treasure box :)

    Jodi
    www.fun-in-first.blogspot.com

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  2. Positively Perfect! Positive reinforcement rocks, it is the best way to get my students to stay on task. Thanks for sharing

    janine

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  3. Love these! I even found some I could use with my non-reader/writers. Thanks so much!

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  4. Adorable Mrs. Carroll! Thanks for sharing! Is this Scrappin Doodles clip art?

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  5. Thanks for sharing! This is just what I need at this point in the year. I love being positive, but some days I just need a little reminder to look for those positive things. :)
    ~sarah
    http://snippetsbysarah.blogspot.com/

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  6. Thanks for sharing. These are great!

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  7. You've done it again!! These are awesome!! Thank you Mrs. Carroll!

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  8. I love these! Do you have any method for how you hand these out? As in, do you make sure each child gets a certain number? etc?

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  9. I send positive e-mails to parents, reading certificates, and clean desk notes. I LOVE these super cute ones you made though and I know my kids will enjoy them as well :) Thanks for sharing!

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  10. These are GREAT!! I can't wait to use them!

    THANKS for sharing!
    Kathy
    First Grade a la Carte

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  11. too cute! I use Brain Sprinkles and Power Pellets (from Sarah at First Grader.. At Last). I also use power teaching strategies. We also write sparkle on the board for whole group behavior. If I have to get onto the whole class I erase a letter. How ever many letters they have left is how many rounds of sparkle they get to play at the end of the day! They love it.

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  12. Thanks for the cutesies! And Laura above, I love your SPARKLE idea! :)

    My kiddos get tickets to spend in my Scoma Shoppe, they get a bonus spin in Homeworkopoly, they earn team links when working together, they earn hallway behavior letters to work for a reward... we earn and earn and earn!

    But sometimes, it doesn't seem to be enough, unfortunately, for all of my kids. Oh well... my hope is that they will one day see the great examples being set by their peers and choose to follow suit!!

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  13. Thank you! These are adorable!!

    http://read-write-sing.blogspot.com

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  14. Super cute! Thanks for sharing!

    Amanda
    http://www.oneextradegree.blogspot.com

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  15. Very cute! I can't wait to print them out and use them!

    http://teacherscannotlivebyapplesalone.blogspot.com/

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  16. I'm going to use this idea in the library and let kids check out an extra book when I see awesome behavior. Thanks so much for the wonderful idea!

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  17. These are absolutely adorable! Thank you so much!

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  18. caaaaaa-ute! Love them! Well...you know, I love to use my Smarty Pants tickets, Power Pellets, Positive Postcards, Hawk Tickets (our school mascot), bucket fillers, and of course a big hug and smile!
    -Rachelle
    whattheteacherwants.blogspot.com

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  19. I LOVE this blog and all the creative ideas! I plan on using your Foot Book ideas for my bulletin board this week. I will be posting pictures and link back here. I look forward to finding many more treasures from you on here!! Thank you!
    Allison
    www.room-mom101.blogspot.com

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  20. I just started using the Einstein award about a month ago for 'extraordinary problem solving'. Last week I introduced the handwriting award (because my class was really starting to slack in that area) and I have already seen a huge difference in their handwriting.
    I also use those colored, plastic links (that most people have in their math manipulative sets) as "Character Links". When individual students or the whole class make a choice that shows good character, we add one link to our chain. The chain is hung high on the wall with a thumb tack. When it is long enough that it touches the floor, the class votes on a reward they would like to enjoy...them we start the chain all over.

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  21. These are super cute! Thanks! I like to use the Clip Chart management system...it lets me reward good behavior very easily! The kids eat it up!! And parents like it, too. :)

    Here is a little bit about it: http://whathappensin2nd.blogspot.com/2011/02/clip-chart-classroom-management.html

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  22. THANK YOU for sharing! These are perfect!

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  23. Can I just tell you how perfect your timing is? Last week I was feeling the need to infuse something like this... This is so adorable. Thank you soooo much!

    www.mrswillskindergarten.com

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  24. Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful certificates with us. They are just darling!

    http://myshaenoel.blogspot.com/

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  25. Lovely...had to share your link at my Facebook Group: ESL/EFL Elementary Teachers.

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  26. These awards are perfect to give students as learning incentives.

    Kaylee's Education Studio

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