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Andrew Lazarow WRT 205 Voices paper On a Friday night after a long week, two teachers sit down to discuss how their week went. The first teacher is Ellen who works on Long Island as a middle school teacher. The second teacher is named Erica who works in New York City as an elementary school teacher. This is how the conversation goes: Erica begins by talking about how it has been a tough week at work and explains how the students just wouldn’t behave. She explains that she just sees no motivation in her students. Ellen comments to Erica that she should try using some “positive incentive.” Erica quickly responds “you don’t think I’ve tried positive incentive.” Ellen says that the problem is that your students just weren’t rewarded correctly when they were young. Ellen goes on to explain how reward only works if it is used correctly. Most importantly you need to make sure you start rewarding the students from a young age. On top of that the reward must be meaningful for the student. For example if your student likes chocolate, give her a chocolate bar, not something vanilla. It is also important that the reward is age appropriate. You should not reward a 5 year old the same way you reward a 15 year old.
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