Behavioral Tips from Randy Sprick

There are several ways that you, as a teacher, can move your students to do their best academically. But before we get to those, it might be helpful to keep in mind a few underlying concepts:

Now, consider using the following techniques to motivate your students.

Present tasks or desired behaviors in a manner that will generate enthusiasm (and intrinsic motivation) on the part of students.

To increase intrinsic motivation, think about using these four strategies, singly or in combination:

Implement effective instructional practices to keep students interested and academically engaged.

Effective teachers:

Give students positive feedback in a variety of ways on their progress and success in meeting academic and behavioral goals.

Incorporate these suggestions into the positive feedback you give your students. By doing so, you can significantly increase the probability that your feedback will encourage students to behave more responsibly in the future.

By using these techniques, we believe that you can: (1) maintain the motivation of students who already follow the rules and do their best on assignments; (2) increase the motivation of students who do nothing or only enough to "get by;" and (3) generate the motivation of students who tend to misbehave to behave responsibly.

— Excerpt from CHAMPs: A Proactive and Positive Approach to Classroom Management