Traditional incentive strategies are intended to reward and increase the frequency of positive behaviors. Over time, however, available incentives can lose their appeal with students—and their power to influence behavior. Positivity puts a proactive spin on incentives.
Empower students to choose
for improved behavior outcomes
When you let students see and select their own behavior rewards, the incentive strategy becomes a more powerful and immediate motivator. Using provided SymbolStix symbols or images you’ve uploaded to the system, just have students select the reward they want to work for—an item, a snack or a privilege, like computer or video time—and it will appear onscreen as an ongoing reminder.
with a token economy
Positivity helps you strengthen the incentive strategy by making it simple to administer a token economy that’s easy for students to learn. You and your students agree on a set number of tokens required to earn the incentive, and the system lets you distribute the tokens on demand, as you catch good behavior in progress.
Implement with fidelity and best practices
- Turn a traditional, reactive incentive strategy into a proactive behavior intervention by enabling students to play a role in selecting and envisioning what motivates them.
- Use Positivity to set, personalize and modify the frequency of tokens and rewards based on an individual student’s needs and behaviors. Help students build their capacity for working and behaving appropriately by gradually increasing the time between reinforcements. This ability to defer rewards is an important life skill that will have relevance for students beyond the classroom as they enter the workforce.
- Pair the incentive strategy with your use of social narratives and video modeling to strengthen the impact of these strategies by rewarding students for improving their targeted behaviors.
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