How would implementing a whole class reward help transition times from subject to subject?By Emily Saunders
My School• Madison Elementary• Low/Medium socioeconomic status• Free & reduced lunch
My Classroom• 19 kids – 11 boys – 8 girls• 2 completely deaf – 1 hearing impaired• 3 IEPs• 8 approaching, 10 on level, 1 beyond (Reading)• 3 GT
My problem• I found that the students were taking too long to transition between subjects because of their constant talking and their slow attitudes.• I put two jars in the room, one full of marbles, one empty. The students had to earn marbles by doing things quickly and quietly, in order to earn a pajama popcorn party.
Why Whole Class Rewards?• “Whole class rewards are not just about rewarding students or changing behaviors. When students are working together for a common goal, they are actually working as a team.” (Dill) – They take responsibility for not only themselves, but also their peers.
Why Whole Class Rewards, continued…• “A whole-class [reward] can be a real incentive for good work and appropriate behavior.” (Lindberg &Swick) • Games, coupons, stickers, and certificates are examples of some whole class rewards this book gives.
Why Whole Class Rewards, continued…• “This works especially well for students who crave attention because they will earn positive attention from the whole class for their good behavior.” (Lewis) – Behavior problems might become minimal because the trouble makers don’t want to let down their peers in their class.
3 Perspectives• I targeted 7 specific students and looked at their: – Pre/Post Grades – Pre/Post Behaviors – Pre/Post Times for transitions
Transition Times Before Tony Natasha John Peter Violet James Reece0-1 Min II III I IIII II I I1-2 Min II IIII II III IIII I IIII IIII2-3 Min IIII I IIII IIII IIII IIII I III IIII II II3-4 Min IIII IIII II IIII III IIII IIII IIII IMore II I III I III IIII IIII Ithan 4
Transition Times Before10 9 8 7 Tony 6 Natasha 5 John 4 Peter 3 Violet 2 James 1 Reece 0 0-1 Min 2-1 Min 2-3 Min 3-4 Min More than 4 Min
Transition Times After Tony Natasha John Peter Violet James Reece0-1 Min IIII IIII II IIII II III IIII II1-2 Min III IIII II III IIII IIII II IIII I IIII I2-3 Min IIII III IIII III IIII II IIII I III3-4 Min II IIII IIII II IIII II IIIIMore II II III II IIIIthan 4
Transitions After9876 Tony5 Natasha John4 Peter3 Violet2 James1 Reece0 0-1 Min 1-2 Min 2-3 Min 3-4 Min More than 4 Min
Behavior Before and After 3Number of times stick was 2 flipped Before After 1 0 Tony Natasha John Peter Violet James Reece
Implications• The students’ transition times did improve, especially closer to the end.• The grades were about the same, but one student’s went down.• The behavior went down, but not by much.
Implications, cont.• I would use this in my classroom, but I would make sure that it was more long term- throughout the whole year, so that they could see the results more than once.
Annotated BibliographyDill, M. (n.d.). Use Student Rewards, Whole Class Rewards as Classroom ManagementTechniques. Find Health, Education, Science& Technology Articles, Reviews, How-To and Tech Tips At Bright Hub - Apply To Be A WriterToday!. Retrieved April 4, 2010, from http://www.brighthub.com/education/k-12/articles/30853.aspx This article gives some good information on why you might need whole classrewards in your classroom, even if you think you already have a good system going. Itspecifically states that whole class rewards can help with transition times, and gives aninteresting perspective on how it can improve teamwork.Lindberg, J. A., &Swick, A. M. (2006). Common-Sense Classroom Management forElementary School Teachers (Second Edition ed.).Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. This is another source that talks about the benefits of whole class rewards andteamwork. It gives options of a few rewards/games that can help the students get motivated todo their work and be on task. It also has some helpful information on why the children needpunishments as well as rewards.Lewis, B. Motivating Students - Using Whole Group Rewards for Motivating Students. (n.d.).Elementary Education - Lesson Plans andTeaching Strategies for Elementary School Teachers. Retrieved April 4, 2010, fromhttp://k6educators.about.com/library/weekly/aa112600e.htm This is a good site about how you need to have individual rewards in the classroom,as well as a whole class reward. The whole class reward is good for those students who needattention and like it when the whole class can see that they are doing something right andcontributing to their whole class reward.