Mystery Motivators are an acknowledgment tool that works like a lottery system.
If the student has been using positive behavior all day, the student is able to scratch off that day on the Mystery Motivator chart.
If the student finds the Mystery Motivator symbol on that days spot, the student can select the reward they won.
The prizes can be either small or large depending on the reward menu you set up.
Setting up a Mystery Motivator Chart
Have spaces for each day of the week
Have a Mystery Motivator symbol or letter. (Many use an “M”)
Use invisible ink so students can color in the space to see if they won a prize.
Choose random days for the Mystery Motivator symbol.
Have a reward menu and prizes
Mystery Motivators can be used to reinforce homework completion and accuracy.
Every time a student turns in homework that is completed and correct. That student gets a chance to scratch off that day’s Mystery Motivator to see if they won a prize or not.
Mystery Motivators can be used to reinforce good behavior in the classroom.
For instance, if a student has followed the rules all day with no infraction that student gets to scratch off that day’s Mystery Motivator to see if they won a prize or not.
Positive and Negatives
Helps to improve academic achievement
Disruptive behavior decreases
Students attempt to cheat
Students attempt to undermine their team’s performance
Compare and Contrast
Williams et al would not agree with Mystery Motivators because they are extrinsic rewards and students should only be rewarded intrinsically. Also, he would say that teachers should use the Eight Principals of Motivation instead of Mystery Motivators.
Compare and Contrast Part 2
McCarthy & Siccone would agree with using Mystery Motivators because they believe it’s the teacher’s job to motivate the students in any way possible.
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