Ask Polly: Motivating Students

Date: November 19th, 2022

Polly answers the question: “My 6th graders are completely apathetic in class. How can I motivate them?”

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Screen Time as a Behavior Reward?

Date: July 3rd, 2022

‘Screen time’ as a reward does not teach social skills. Which means you could be making social skills worse by using screen time as a reward.

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Do Your Behavior Rewards FAIL?

Date: August 29th, 2021

As a behavior expert who consults all over the country, I can tell you, systems that OVER-REWARD behaviors do not get the results they hoped for! Here’s why…

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Motivating the Remote Learner (confession at the end!)

Date: August 15th, 2020

During this time of virtual learning, one of the biggest behavior problems we face is HOW to MOTIVATE our students! Here are my thoughts and some research, too. [Zimmerman, B. J. (2002). Becoming a self-regulated learner: An overview. Theory Into Practice, 41(2), 64-70.]

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Sugar-Coated Control?

Date: June 3rd, 2020

Are rewards backfiring on you? (Thanks to Rheta DeVries for “sugar-coated control.”)

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When Rewards Do and Don’t Work

Date: January 29th, 2020

Do rewards always have to be something tangible?

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Too Much Praise and Reward Will Backfire

Date: December 21st, 2019

Praise is not a bad thing, but it matters how and when you use it.

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If a Kid Misbehaves to Get Attention Because That’s All They Know…

Date: November 16th, 2019

When a kid misbehaves in order to get attention, do you withhold attention?

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I Don’t Like to Use Screen Time as a Reward

Date: July 24th, 2019

Are we feeding into our young students’ lack of social skills by using screen time as a reward?

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Neither Praise Nor Punishment Work for All Kids

Date: January 6th, 2019

Neither praise nor punishment will work for the child who doesn’t know what you want.

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