Why one teacher says student rewards don't work

12/2/2013 | Education Week Teacher

Instructional coach David Ginsburg in this blog post writes that offering students rewards for complying with classroom rules does not teach them how to behave and can demotivate some students. Instead, he writes he saw dramatic improvement in student behavior and achievement when he empowered students by giving them "choices" and "voices" about what happens in their classroom. "These kids need confidence, not candy," he writes.

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