Monday, October 5, 2009

1 Hour : Know It : Incentives

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I'm not usually a fan of money-based reward systems, but I just read a very interesting article that explains how to "pay" for behaviors in an appropriate, temporary way. Here are a couple of the suggestions:
  • Use monetary rewards as a last resort solution.
  • A small amount--even a nickel or quarter--is often sufficient to motivate.
  • Use incentives in combination with teaching about the principle (eg., delayed gratification).
I can think of one specific, ongoing issue at our house where these ideas might help: staying up way too late reading. Maybe a quarter for on-time lights out? I may try it.

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