Students in this class track their own progress towards big goals. They call this their "brain growth" chart. There is no evidence that the teacher uses extrinsic rewards for the majority of students, but upon observing the classroom it does appear that students are intrinsically motivated to achieve and "grow their brains."
Conversation with observer
Overall rating: Exemplary
Chooses a small set of sound reinforcements for all situations
Chooses a variety of appealing reinforcements to reach a range of students, based on an understanding of students and depending on the situation
Chooses reinforcements based on the needs of individual students and situations
Reinforcement system recognizes basic academic effort (e.g., class participation, homework completion, etc.) and mastery of a well-defined absolute bar
Reinforcement system recognizes significant academic effort (e.g., studying hard and making incremental gains) and mastery of a well-defined absolute bar
Reinforcement system recognizes effort in proportion to students? individual accomplishments
Consistently provides reinforcement at regular intervals and sometimes conveys the meaning of the reinforcements as a celebration of progress toward the goal
Provides reinforcements appropriately and flexibly so that they are delivered only at purposeful intervals, and almost always conveys the meaning of the reinforcements as a celebration of progress toward the goal to maximize impact and lead to intrinsic motivation
Provides reinforcements appropriately and flexibly so that they are only delivered as often as necessary to supplement students? intrinsic motivation, always conveys the meaning of the reinforcements as a celebration of progress toward the goal, and teaches students how to reinforce their own performance
Rating: EStrand 1: The teacher’s selection of extrinsic reinforcements.
Rating: EStrand 2: The scale (moving from generic and absolute to individualized and relative) the teacher uses to reinforce achievement.
Rating: EStrand 3: The strategic timing and consistency with which the teacher reinforces students’ efforts.