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Using Chapstick for Positive Behavior
If you’re an elementary teacher you need to know about using chapstick for positive behavior.
Positive behavior reinforcement is an essential aspect of promoting good behavior in children. One creative and effective approach to achieve this is by using Chapstick as a reward system.
This blog post explores the benefits of employing chapstick as a positive reinforcement tool and how it can encourage desired behaviors in children.
The Power of Using Chapstick for Positive BehaviorChapstick, even when rubbed on the back of the hand, can serve as an attractive and tangible incentive for children. More specifically, the smells of the Chapstick trigger parts of the brain that simple stickers just won’t do.
How to Use Chapstick as a Classroom Management StrategyFirst, it’s important to know, we are not referring to a chapstick reward as an entire tube handed out for kids to keep. Instead, we are talking about using fun smelling chapstick and rubbing a small amount on the back of a kids hand.
- Set Clear Goals: Define the specific behaviors you wish to reinforce, such as completing chores, following instructions, or showing kindness to others.
- Explain the Reward System: Communicate the rules and expectations to your child, making sure they understand the connection between positive behaviors and earning Chapstick rewards. This is were printable behavior charts serve as an excellent tool.
- Create a Reward Chart: Develop a visual chart where your child can track their progress and receive stickers or marks for each demonstrated positive behavior.
- Set Achievable Targets: Break down larger goals into smaller, achievable tasks, ensuring that your child experiences success along the way.
- Establish a Reward System: Determine how many stickers or marks are needed to earn a Chapstick reward. This can be adjusted based on the difficulty of the behavior or the child’s age.
- Celebrate Success: Whenever your child reaches the set target, celebrate their accomplishment and allow them to choose their preferred Chapstick flavor as a reward.
When to Use Smelly Spots for Reinforcing Positive Behavior
- during transitions in the classroom
- when lining up
- as you walk around the classroom and recognize students for being on task
- give to a parent volunteer to use as rewards when working with students
- small group positive reinforcement
- great effort
- being kind to others
- when filling up a behavior sticker chart
- Choose a classroom helper, and have them give smelly stickers to others who are following directions and working hard. They LOVE this!
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