Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Reflecting on Effort and Recognition

Please answer the following:
How will you use some of the strategies about effort and recognition in the first weeks of school?

Choose one of the following questions to discuss also.

1. This chapter discusses the potential influence of reinforcing students' effort and providing recognition for their accomplishments. Think back to your own personal experiences and try to identify situations in which your learning was positively influenced when someone reinforced your effort or recognized your accomplishments in some significant way. You might also remember situations that would have been improved if someone had reinforced your effort or had given you recognition.

2. Now try to remember examples of situations that you positively influenced because you did reinforce students' effort or provide recognition.

3. Explain some of the reasons that, despite teachers' attempts to emphasize effort, many students still hold on to the belief that their successes and failures are due to their ability, or lack thereof, or to other outside forces.

4. This chapter recommends the use of rubrics to help students see the relationship between their effort and their achievement. Try to identify a specific long-term, challenging assignment that might be enhanced by using these rubrics.

5. Although verbal recognition seems to be most effective, providing concrete tokens (e.g., stickers, candy, toys) can also be effective. What advice would you give to a new teacher about using tokens as rewards?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question 4-- Accelerated Reader is one of the long term projects where an effort/achievment rubric would be a great help in allowing students ownership of his/her assignment. They could record his/her effort with reading the assigned book, and then see the achievment of how this translated into an Acclerated Reader grade.
Carrie Jo Aldridge

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

question 5

any kind of token to give students as a reward for achievement would be beneficial to instruction. this day and time many children of all ages get very little praise and support. A small token of recognition will make a difference in the way a child may view school work.
Jim Jones

12:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question #3. Effort and recognition must go hand in hand for students to keep up their good work. Motivating and encouraging students's self-esteem is necessary if teachers are to keep their students on the right track of learning. Students (and adults) need to feel good about their achievements and accomplishments; this can easily be done by their teachers through some form of recognition. As teachers emphasize effort for their students, they can reward and recognize their students' achievements by verbal praises, tokens, certificates, free-time passes, skip homework passes, etc.


12:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Q#3: Due to a mandate of the state department, all LD and MR students were to to be infiltrated into the classrooms. One particular student involved in this move had a very low self-esteem because he was a very low reader; therefore, he had a major discipline problem. He would not respond to the various class work in reading. I had to do lots of encouragement and recognition, Some days he responded and most days he would not; I just never gave up. Finally he is better but he still needs lots of work. I did see improvement on his part.

12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#2. I had a student that was not studying for his test. After helping him get organized and using positive comments he was thrilled when he got back a good grade. I also called his mom to tell her how about his success. He was so happy and continued to work hard in class. Ginny

12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(Question 4)
The analysis of the documents of government in the United States is a topic that covers two weeks and would be good for rubrics.
Linda Johnson

12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2. An example of a situation that I positively influenced because I reinforced a student's effort was when I praised one student for his intelligence and hard work constantly. He acted as an assistant in the classroom by helping slower students and even during lectures he was willing to answer many questions for them. When he graduated, he majored in history because he tells me that I made a major impact on his life.
Jewel Hannah

12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question #5
If a new teacher chooses to use candy, toys, or other tokens as rewards for students I would suggest that they be careful not to use it too often. Students need to learn that they won't always get something for everything they do. These kinds of rewards can also become very expensive. A good way to build up a supply of rewards is to ask your parents to donate things to your classroom that you can use to motivate the students to achieve success.
T. Yates

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2. I try everyday to reinforce students' ability and effort. I think I am very good at giving oral praise when students participate, even if the answer is not completely correct. I praise students for their effort. When we do art projects I always display as many of the projects/posters as possible. I try to display different students' work each time we do a project. The students come into the room and look at the posters to see if theirs is located on the wall.
Wanda Smelley

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

question 2
A particular student comes to mind, a young man that excelled in atheletics however struggle in academics. It was my first year teaching and unfamiliar with the students study habits .... haha ..he has none . To motivate this young man to stay in school and further his education ,I offered him rewards for coming to class , staying at school the entire day and offerinf a cash prize if he continued to come to school after basketball season was over and pass the graduation exams all parts especially science since he had failed all parts earlier . I am proud to say this young man stayed in school his entire senior year passed the ged exam given alternatively and graduated on time with his class on May 27,2005. We have filled out his application and finacial forms to start nascar techinal school in August, where is is 90% hands on . jagreene

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

During the first week of school it will be ideal to let students know that you expect them to put forth an effort in all that they do. You can model this by learning their names as early as possible(and learn the correct pronunciation).Show recognition for them arriving on time with supplies.

5. Be consistent in what ever form of recognition you use.Also make sure recognize all students in a timely fashion. Treat all students equally when delivering recognition.


12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question 1 - My most memorable experience is when I wrote my 3rd grade teacher a note and left it on my desk. Much to my amazement, she came to my home that evening to acknowledge what I had written. This really made an impact on me.

Rhonda Mack

12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2. One example of a positively influenced student whose effort was reinforced and who received more recognition involves a 7th grade male who was having difficulty with parts of speech. I wrote a response on his progress report, and I followed up with a phone call to his mom. Then I sent a daily progress letter from me to his mom regarding his work in class. I used reinforcement stickers on papers that were improved in class. When we completed the next test on parts of speech, he progressed from a F to a C. It was well worth the effort. Sherry

12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5. Tokens are wonderful to show students they are special, but don't over do it or it may not continue to be effective. pf

12:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question # 2:
I had the wonderful privilege to influence the life of a student that fit any category of problems an educator could apply to a problem/low achieving student. He had no positive support from home. His favorite music was very satanic etc...(that might give you a mental picture of him). Teachers were afraid to have him in thier classroom. I decided to make him my personal mission. I spend the next years... developing a realationship with him. We had many talks(some really tough one!!!). He failed most all classes(always). But, he had remarkable higher order thinking skills!!! But, there came a time in his life that he decided to quit school and as was our way with each other; we had a conversation. In that conversation, I ask him to do only one thing for me.... take the GED test as soon as possible!! I, also, ask that he let me know if he passed. It came time for graduation. I had the responsiblity of putting the graduates in order to march. On that night as I was preforming this task, I hear my name being screamed out at the ceremony. At first, I was thinking who is the idot screaming my name!!!! Upon looking up, I saw him standing at the top of the bleachers screamming, "Hey, Mrs Bigham, I got my GED!!" It was a moment I will never forget. I took a position in life to not let the things we see as negatives influence my relationship with a person who wouldn't have completed this life event without support. I was the one to reap the reward of seeing what effort and recognition can do in the life of a child. DO IT WHEN EVER GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY!!!!

Anita S. Bigham
Educator; Fayette County High School, Fayette, Alabama

12:53 PM  
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