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What are incentives that work for 6th-8th grade students?

In particular, how do you incentivize students to make their best effort on a standardized test?

We are working to motivate kids. I generally am not a fan of extrinsic motivation, but I’ve been told to make a list of rewards for students to earn.


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Are you allowed food rewards?

Kids that age will do anything for a small treat: a jolly rancher, a dum dum, etc.

Another biggie is in class music. If they can earn their headphones? Oh, boy, they’ll do back flips if they have to.
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I should have bought stock on the company that makes Jolly Ranchers when I taught MS!

Yup, I agree they should be intrinsically motivated, but that's not how it in so anything you can to to bribe them, unmm I mean extrinsically motivate works!

One thing that I think is a great idea for that age is 5 or 10 minutes free talk time on Friday. I've seen it work really well because you know MS kids just want to socialize

Popcorn party
Movie day
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I learned a new word: incentivise.

No suggestions other than given by pp.
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Can they use their phones? Maybe listen to music while they work...
30 minute movie
bring pillows
popcorn
sit next to anyone they want


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Are you allowed to give them phone time? It's all about friends gadgets at this age, so I'd try 5 minutes on their phones at the end of class if they've done well working on the practice questions.


For the actual results:

Top three scores in each section pick their seat for next semester?

Anyone who improves x amount over last year's score can wear their hat to school for a day, or dress out of uniform (if you have them) for a day?

If the class averages over a certain score, they can have a lunch outside or a game day in class?


I also read that you can prime kids to do better on these things just by what you get them thinking about before the test starts. I want to say it was in Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell?
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Thank you for your help. There are so many great ideas! What we are going to do -

It’s only my ELs who take this test for English proficiency. It’s a series and takes multiple days, so...

Each day will be a raffle day. Kids can earn up to 5 tickets based on the five things we are working on. Then two kids from each group will randomly be picked from the raffle tickets.

I took your suggestions to the kids and they picked one reward for each test day. I have not gone through to tally the prize choices they voted on yet, though!

If it goes well, we are a “pilot” group for IAR when the whole school will do it. No pressure!

Thank you for your ideas!
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