Harvest Wins with Reward and Recognition

 In Reward and Recognition

As I read an assignment today from one of our teacher candidates in Lesson 3, I was reminded of the importance of reward and recognition as a feedback process in our classrooms. As teachers, we harvest wins with reward and recognition! At the beginning of this week we mentioned that everyone likes to be recognized and rewarded when they do something good; this includes our students! And, when actions are rewarded, we repeat them… the same holds for students!

When we translate reward and recognition to performance-driven actions, for example, to performance-driven classrooms, our focus moves from “get rewarded with a good grade” (compliance-driven) to hitting learning targets with measures. Harvesting wins with reward and recognition is an essential tactic for teachers because it helps them keep the “learning flywheel” moving for every student. WOW Cards are one way to do this:

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Harvesting wins with students helps new teachers develop meaningful relationships with their kids. Unfortunately, we often express what students do wrong, but seldom reward and recognize good performance. Students respond positively when they are recognized. Use a WOW Card or a Thank You Note to express your appreciation for a specific performance or behavior in students that deserves to be recognized. Harvest wins!

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