Do Rewards Motivate Students to Work Harder?

Classroom rewards might motivate students to work harder, but it’s often for the wrong reasons. Students benefit the most from their schoolwork when they feel proud of their accomplishments and have an internal drive that motivates them to succeed. Rewards are enjoyable, but students learn to find satisfaction in the prizes more than their personal […]

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Meeting the Mark

Academic competitions can be disadvantageous for students when they lead to fear, anxiety and disappointment. Students might worry that they won’t measure up or will disappoint their teachers or parents. To help reduce anxiety, teachers often promote friendly, age-appropriate games, grade-level-specific exams and academic competitions that encourage students to beat their own previous individual scores. […]

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Motivation is the Key

Academic competition is advantageous when it challenges students to work harder on their studies and helps them get excited about academic content. They might retain more as they prepare for science quiz bowls, math club competitions, spelling bees and standardized tests. Teachers often use team-based competitions to make academic material more interesting and engaging. According […]

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Internal Satisfaction

When teachers offer bonuses that make students feel self-assured and internally pleased with their work, it leads to a productive classroom. Intrinsic rewards motivate students to work harder because they are interested in the subject matter or assignments — not tangible prizes. Intrinsically motivated students find their studies more enjoyable, their learning is deeper and […]

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Uneven Workloads and Evaluations

Beyond personality conflicts, cooperative learning can also result in an uneven distribution of the workload. At its best, cooperative learning encourages students to support and inspire one another, with all involved experiencing an equitable growth in knowledge. Unfortunately, in some instances, more advanced students simply take over the majority of the project for the sake […]

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