Atta Boy! Discipline Tips Part III

student and teacher at computerWe all like rewards and praise! A good ol’ atta-boy can brighten even the worst of days.

In the classroom, rewards fall into three major categories: recognition, privileges and tangible rewards. No single kind of reward works better than another. Select rewards based on grade level and student preferences.

Here are some reward ideas from our classroom to yours:


* Lunch with the teacher
* Library pass
* Computer time
* Homework pass


* Call the parents
* Display work
* Student of the day, week or month
* Announcement to the class
* Class cheer or chant

Tangible Rewards:
* Stickers
* Popcorn
* Bonus points or extra credit
* Grab bag or treasure box
* Tokens for recess, no homework, etc.

For more ideas, see the attached list of Awards and Rewards.

Do you have another great reward or award idea? If so, please comment below and share it with us. We’d love to hear what works for you!  For this three part series we will be randomly selecting someone from the comments to receive a Teacher Created Resources book of their choice.

This is part three of a three-part series: Discipline Tips for Teachers.

Adapted from: Teacher Created Resources



Filed under Behavior Management, Discipline, Motivation

2 responses to “Atta Boy! Discipline Tips Part III

  1. My fourth graders love some of the following FREE rewards:

    Work in socks for 10 minutes
    Work on the carpet for 10 minutes
    Put your feet up on your desk during reading
    Choose a classroom job for the day
    Move your desk anywhere in the room for the day

    I find that these free rewards are often the kids’ favorites!

  2. Loretta Rosinko

    For my students that have consistant issues, I reward character behavior like sharing, kindness, and compassion with a “Get Out Of Jail Free Card”. It basically allows them to skip one color change / consequence at their choosing. They can only use it once. But, it is a great way to turn the tide with students who are consistant offenders.