Nikki Cunningham-Smith

Bribery is not a behaviour management tool

The promise of gifts for compliance might give behaviour management a short-term boost, but, as Nikki Cunningham-Smith has found, it’s not a lasting solution

Why bribery is not a behaviour management tool

Bribery is not a behaviour management tool. I’ll say it again for the people at the back: bribery is not a behaviour management tool.

Of course, we don’t necessarily know this when we start out. Or at least, I didn’t know it when I started out.

I remember one class that had just enough class clowns on the register that when they all synchronised their watches, they would come together in perfect harmony to derail my class and halt any learning.

Being the ideas person that I was, I tried to corral these pupils to work with a reward that I thought they would like. Quite how I was going ...

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