Monday, 6 February 2017

The Disco Lizard Reward System

Disco Lisko (in Finnish) is the thing that always gets the kids jumping up and down and dancing together.

Since we have started using this reward system, the children have been helping one another, they have been explaining when somebody breaches our class rules, and have been friendly, attentive, and kind to one another.

It’s a simple system that you can set up and explain in a couple of minutes. Let me tell you about how it works: We have the children’s names on the wall. Underneath every name, there’s a number flashcard. We made a disco lizard (we printed a colourful lizard and then laminated it) that moves forward whenever the children have a wonderful/exceptionally good day. When the lizard gets to 15 (the last number), it meets the other lizard friends and has a disco party. The lizard also moves one step back if the children don’t behave nicely. It happens rarely, but it is a possibility.

Some things to take into account if you plan on using the system:
  • Make sure that children know what’s expected of them and how they can contribute to the group’s success. Talk about the class rules and remind them of what it means to be kind and helpful whenever needed.
  • Choose a catchy song to play and dance to whenever the disco lizard moves forward. We chose “I Like to Move It” (Madagascar version).
  • Involve the children in all steps of the process. At the end of the day, you can talk about what has happened and whether the lizard should move forward.

I agree with the fact that children should behave nicely without any incentives, but letting them know that you appreciate their kind gestures is what we’re trying to do by this. We also use verbal reinforcement, hi5, or big hugs." :)



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