Students are working with their classmates to earn "Paws." The paws are given to reinforce the behaviors that support a positive and productive work environment. Each class has identified nine rewards that would be motivating to them to work for during the school year. Students are working to earn twenty paws to receive their first reward. There is a reward for the first class that earns all nine rewards. Our goal is to reward desired behaviors often at first and slowly reduce the recognition of the behavior because our end goal is for students to make good choices because it is the right thing to do. Moving our students to be more intrinsically motivated is a life-long skill. Intrinsic motivation refers to behavior that is driven by internal rewards. In other words, the motivation to engage in a behavior arises from within the individual because it is naturally satisfying to you.
Teacher are rewarding individual students in various ways within the classroom.