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March 5, 2012

Doodle Bugs! Standard of the Week: 03/05/12

This week’s SOTW reminds team members that it is never appropriate to use food for behavior management. Food as a reward teaches children to eat in response to a situation, rather than in response to hunger.

Instead, teachers are expected to manage behavior with positive reinforcement, clear classroom rules, a child- friendly environment and realistic expectations.

Appropriate, effective rewards are immediate and mild:

  • Social Recognition
  • High five
  • Thumbs up
  • Hugs
  • Special tasks or responsibilities
  • Award Certificates
  • Verbal thanks
  • Activity rewards (special story, game or song)

View the current SOTW as a .pdf here: 030512_food and behavior management