How do you  compare positive reinforcement to negative reinforcements as applied to the classroom environmentpositive reinforcement and negative reinforcements--examples and when you should you...

How do you  compare positive reinforcement to negative reinforcements as applied to the classroom environment

positive reinforcement and negative reinforcements--examples and when you should you implement them

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krcavnar | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Positive reinforcements are those when you are giving a student reinforcement for a job well done.  An example "Thank you Sally for picking that trash up.. I appreciate your effort."  Often we find ourselves giving much negative attention.  "Stop touching Sally".  You must decrease the negative attention (e.g. "Don't touch each other", "Stop talking", "Sit Still").  A teacher should give positive reinforcement 4 times more than you use negative reinforcement. 

For the most unruly students you need to find something positive almost every time you see that student.  I use "I noticed..." statements.  When I see a normally disruptive student being quiet and attentive after class I might say " I noticed today that you were really on-task/engaged/interested.."  Then I might ask what about today's assignment really interested them.  This allows for me to begin a dialogue to find out what makes this student "tick".

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