Effective behavior management involves systems and methods in place to motivate students to comply with rules and behavioral expectations. There are many approaches for doing so. Some use strictly a positive reinforcement system. Other systems are based primarily on rewarding appropriate behavior but also incorporate some type of penalty (response cost) for targeted misbehaviors. This list shares examples of both kinds of group incentive systems.
Teachers typically need to change their systems from time to time when effectiveness wears off or at least tweak the system and add new incentives to keep students motivated. It is helpful to have a toolbox of different methods to experiment with that will match teachers’ comfort level. Any system implemented needs to be one that teachers find easy to use and manage. The better the whole-class incentive system works, the less teachers will find they need to devise individualized behavior programs for students with ADHD and others with behavioral challenges.