Probably should have a pastoral care tag!

For regular education classroom teachers, giving rewards in exchange for good behavior is a mistake.

It’s true that “do this and get that” type rewards can improve behavior in the short term. As in, “Sit up straight and give me your attention, and I will give you each a sticker.”

Or, “John, if you can go the whole day without bothering your tablemates, I have a surprise for you after school.”

But incentives of this nature, which include earning class pizza parties, extra recess, free time, and the like, don’t benefit students in the long run and make classroom management more difficult.

via Why You Shouldn’t Reward Students For Good Behavior — Smart Classroom Management.