Button Reward Lanyards - Student Motivational Tool

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
This a reward system I came up with a couple years ago that has worked very well for me. At the beginning of the year, I give each child a lanyard. (I use the one pictured below because our school mascot is the cougar, so it sort of fits. But any lanyard would work.)

I give out buttons for academics and behavior. The lanyards stay at school for the whole year. They can be worn in the classroom. At the end of the year, my students take their lanyards home! Parents love them!

More about how this system works:

Any time a student receives a 100% on a test or quiz, they get a button! This has been a GREAT motivator for some of my higher students (and all students, really) who don't put 100% effort into their work. Because they WANT that button, they take a little extra time and check things over. It can mean the difference between a C and an A for a lot of students!

I buy mini buttons in lots of different designs, so they can get "special" ones for different subject areas.

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I also give out buttons for good behavior. At the end of every day, whichever student has the highest points in the class on ClassDojo gets a button. (Again, these are "special" behavior buttons.) I also occasionally give out "team work" buttons or other buttons specific to good behavior I see happening in the classroom.

I also give out buttons for holidays! 


I buy the buttons on Oriental Trading Company, Amazon, or at the Dollar Tree! 

Have fun trying out this reward system in your classroom!

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