Earn the privilege of emailing a parent at work telling of accomplishments
Go on a walking field trip (earn privilege for whole class)
Receive a 5-minute chat break at the end of the class or at the end of the day
No tardy party: carnival like atmosphere
Get one minute to share a story/joke with entire class
Take attendance & other paperwork to the office
Cut the principals tie off and have your picture featured on a bulletin board with neck part of tie as the frame (ties are donated)
Duct tape the principal to the wall during lunch or an assembly
Get to eat lunch with a special teacher
Have a drawing lesson from the art teacher
Special Privileges Related to the Curriculum
Let student dictate a story that someone types and prints for the student to illustrate.
Coupon for free test answer-like phone a friend on Who Wants to be a Millionaire
Illustrate the story being read on the board
Get a free computer lesson from the computer teacher
Get to go read in a special place (i.e., a bathtub filled with pillows)
Have a reading party- bring slumber bags, pajamas, flashlight and favorite books go into gymnasium and get everyone situated – then turn out the lights and let everyone read inside their sleeping bags for an hour or two.
Play secretary at the board for the teacher (write what the teacher tells student to write)
Write with a special pen for the day
Write with a special pencil for the day
Write with a marker for the day
Earn free tutoring time from the teacher (spelling secrets, math secrets, writing secrets)
Write or draw on blackboard/whiteboard/easel paper.
Design and/or make a class/school bulletin board
Post drawings or other artwork in a public place.
Post writings in a public place.
Homework due date extended for one day.
Get a “no homework” pass
Do half of an assignment
Let student use computer.
Play academic computer games.
Spend time (with appropriate supervision) on the Internet at academic sites.
Write a story for a younger grade and read it to the class or put the story in the library
Listen to books-on-tape (with headset)
Read a book of his/her choice.
Go to the library to select a book.
Read a book aloud to class.
Choose a book for the teacher to read aloud to the class
Select a friend as a “study buddy” on an in-class work assignment.
Learn how to do special graphics or sound on the computer
Enter a drawing for donated prizes among students who meet certain grade standards
Get a flash cards set printed from a computer
Read morning classroom announcements
Teach the class a lesson
Have teacher share a special skill (e.g. Sing)
Getting to design school gotchas and have them printed for the whole school
Positive Public Recognition
Have class give student applause at end of day.
Rent space on a hallway bulletin board to display work
Secret cupid (leprechaun, bunny, pumpkin, Johnny appleseed) this person remains anonymous. This person watches all day and then reports to front office who had the best behavior witnessed in the school all day. That student is announced at the end of the day to come down for a 25 point gotcha. Keep the mystery spy a secret.
Congratulate student in front of class.
Getting a yard sign to put in your yard about your “excellent behavior”
Allow student to tell a joke or riddle to the class.
Student shows or tells the class something they have or done.
Name put on school marquee outside with specific message about the student
Take student’s picture and post it in public place in the school
Take glitter eye shadow and touch top of children’s hands and tell them they sparkle
Get picture of self and friend on scrolling picture frame or hung in the hall on a bulletin board
Post banner or poster with student’s name and accomplishment.
Be praised on school-wide announcements for good behavior or caring attitude.
Give student a paper crown /super cape to wear.
Earn/Receive a paper award/certificate/trophy/plaque/ribbon
Identify student as “special student of the day” with a badge they can wear.
Allow student to keep a special trophy or stuffed animal on desk for the day.
Grade level picture in the hall for class/person exceptionally meeting expectation they focused on that 6 weeks
Looking for what is right and giving tokens loudly to influence others
I Spy caught them doing well
Positive Private Recognition
Be praised privately by the teacher or another adult.
Note to preferred adult, either at school or at home (i.e. aunt) about good behavior
Get a silent “thumbs up” or other sign from teacher indicating praise and approval
Have teacher make positive phone call home.
Allow student to call/email parent(s).
Receive a note of recognition from the teacher or principal
Listen to music.
Play non-academic computer games; Spend time on the Internet at pre-identified recreational sites.
Earn time with a friend to play WiiFit (get one donated through www.donorschoose.org)
Select fun activity from “Activity Shelf” (stocked with play materials, games, puzzles, arts & crafts materials).
Earn a free pass to a school event or game
Watch part or all of a video
Give free passes to elementary students for high school basketball/football games, which benefit high school because parents purchase tickets to attend with child.
Golden Mouse Award for class with best manners in computer class
Golden paintbrush Award for class with best manners in Art class
Golden Plunger Award for cleanest classroom (given by custodian)
Golden Spatula Award for class with best manners in cafeteria
Golden sports trophy for class with best manners in PE
Golden Trash Can Award
Platinum of all the above – since platinum is the new “gold”
Shelf Elf for best manners in library – sits in winning classroom for a week
Sock it to Ya –Best manners in PE class
**In addition to the ideas listed below, review suggestions for elementary students for rewards that can be tweaked to be developmentally appropriate for secondary students. Many of the elementary ideas apply to secondary students as well (e.g., homework pass).
Earn gas coupons
Assigned parking space up front
Dismissed early (e.g., 5 minutes)
Reserved seating at a school event for student and five friends
Free passes to extracurricular events/ Tickets to sports events, dances
Movie & Popcorn
Free time to socialize.
Permission to use Walkman or IPod for a period of time.
Adult volunteers to write a job recommendation for the student
Let student teach a portion of the lesson.
Extra time to hang out in halls before school starts
Getting to shoot a video about the school’s expectations to show on CC TV
Let student make a bulletin board in the front hall highlighting an event of choice
Make the morning announcements
2 points on test, or 3 points on quiz
Get out of homework or ½ off pass or an extra day extension
Post drawings or other artwork in a public place.
Post writings in a public place.
Choosing what assignment the class does for homework
Student gets to pick which problem the teacher will make a freebie answer on homework
Earn the chance to apprentice on Saturday at a local store or business
Earn the chance to be the water/towel person at a sporting event.
Earn the chance to do stagecraft for any school performance (lights, stage design, props)
Earn the chance to scoreboard assist at a game
Earn free tutoring from the teacher
Have computer teacher teach special computer skills (animation, graphics, CAD, gaming skills, etc.)
Learn how to play a sport even if they didn’t make the team
Serve as door greeter for parent night at school with badge of honor to wear
Serve as a teacher aid for a special needs classroom
Get to paint a ceiling tile to go in the hallway
Get a golf cart ride from the student parking lot up to the school in the morning and then again at the end of the day
Getting picture on school poster about school expectations
Buzz cut a design into the principal’s/custodian’s, etc. hair
Listen to music in class
Getting to scoop food at the cafeteria for lunch period (social opportunity)
Getting to stay after school and shoot hoops with a teacher of choice or a few friends
Give students template for a PowerPoint game (tons available for free online) “are you smarter than a fifth grader”; “who wants to be a millionaire”; Jeopardy”, etc. Let them make up a review for a test using the template
Learn how to play chess
Opportunity to introduce players over the PA during a home game
Serve as a “page” for a local politician for the day
Teaching special needs students how to play a game