Reward Stickers – Teachers’ Incentivising Tools
In a highly developed, sophisticated modern society, there are umpteen ways, means and methods with which one might reward another person who is deemed worthy and deserving of either an intangible or tangible, visible type of accolade. The practice of issuing and receiving a reward for an achievement may begin from a very early age.
Affordable, Effective Winners
Reward stickers are affordable, effective winners in this regard, because they not only reward; they also incentivise young actual and would-be recipients to utilise their best possible efforts and potential to achieve and succeed in whatever tasks and types of behaviour that’s required of them.
Drawn to Stickers
From early on, children are drawn to colourful stickers. When they’re little, they’ll often be seen repeatedly removing and reaffixing a prized sticker to any number of surfaces, from their faces and their clothing to walls, doors, toys, and almost any object within their reach.
Part of a Peer Group
Once junior is slightly older, they typically look forward to collecting stickers in a special album, a treasured personal possession that’s reserved for this purpose. When the child joins peers at a pre-school or primary education facility, the youngster enters a totally new, shared domain, in which they are part of a group, possibly for the very first time.
The group is supervised and taught by a highly respected teacher, whose word is treated as gospel by the members of junior classes. Most such youngsters tend to vie for the teacher’s undivided attention, recognition, and approval – if a reward is in the offing, even more so, because the young recipient’s exceptional efforts stand out from those of the rest of the group.
A sticker reward, issued by the most important person in the classroom – the teacher, is a sought-after, highly appreciated token of recognition. A sticker is an effective, affordable reward, totally devoid of any hint of perceived coercion and bribery. In the past, the latter tactic, involving foodstuffs, was sometimes used by many a despairing parent as a behavioural incentive – “eat all your veggies and then you can have sweeties”.
Incentive to Achieve
Young minds absorb knowledge and new experiences like sponges, so these prized tokens of achievement serve multiple positive purposes:
- Encourage recipients to repeat or improve on their performance
- Encourage others to do likewise
- Working towards a goal and applying one’s abilities to earn recognition is necessary and very worthwhile
- Subtly teach everyone within the peer group the significant intrinsic value of earning inexpensive accolades
Today’s teachers engage with their pupils; there’s no “rule (teach) by fear” approach as there once was when educators supervised their charges with a smacking switch in hand, but instead, modern teachers are busier than ever, particularly when it comes to personalising remarks when marking pupils’ schoolwork. Themes include:
- Baby animals
- Friendly, fun monsters
- Woodland creatures
- Cute animals
- Farm animals
All of these colourful merit awards are designed to reward, appeal to, and encourage the efforts that youngsters put into their early learning experiences.
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