When classrooms all over the world moved to distance learning, many educators struggled with maintaining a positive classroom atmosphere from a distance. After all, schoolwide PBIS is designed to work… well, schoolwide. How do you reward students during distance learning?
Rewarding Students During Distance Learning
You don’t have to give up recognizing and rewarding your students just because you’re not in the classroom together. It’s possible to build positive school culture from a distance with some changes to your initiative:
Reconfigure Your Matrix
Adding virtual expectations to your behavior matrix can give your students some much-needed structure during their online day. Awarding points for meeting these expectations can help keep students on track and teach them digital citizenship skills.
Choose Virtual Rewards
Of course, what good are points if your students can’t redeem them for rewards? When you’re in a virtual environment, virtual rewards can provide some fun for students. Use a little out-of-the-box thinking to come up with safe, socially-distanced incentives that your students can redeem from home.
Acknowledge Students During Distance Learning
Engaging your students online can take different forms, depending on grade level and student and teacher personalities. One thing all students have in common, however, is the desire to be acknowledged. Encourage their online participation by recognizing them in a variety of ways.
Let Teachers Get In On the Fun
As much as your students crave recognition and enjoy spending points on rewards, your teachers do too! Virtual class time takes teaching to a whole new level, and staff members want to be recognized for their efforts. Teacher-centric incentives can help boost motivation and morale.
Distance Learning, PBIS, and #PBIScon21
One of the barriers to PBIS from a distance can be the awarding and redeeming of paper tickets. For schools that operate a manual PBIS initiative, tracking points in a virtual environment can feel impossible. A digital token economy, however, can simplify things immensely.
PBIS Rewards has allowed numerous schools to maintain their PBIS initiative, even as classroom environments have shifted from virtual learning to hybrid to in-person and multiple combinations in between. Because everything is digital, teachers can recognize and award points to students in any environment. Students can use the Student App to redeem their points, both for tangible rewards and for virtual rewards. The software tracks everything and provides administrators with a wealth of data to help with fine-tuning their initiative.
Register for PBIScon21
During the 2021 PBIS Rewards Virtual Conference (#PBIScon21), we’ll take a closer look at rewarding students in distance learning. Our session tracks include:
- PBIS Rewards
- Best Practices in PBIS
- Getting Started: PBIS Foundations
- Social/Emotional Learning (SEL)
- Cultural Responsiveness
- Staff/Student Engagement (Workplace Rewards for Teachers)
- Distance Learning/Rewards From a Distance
Join us for #PBIScon21 on June 21-22, 2021, and learn alongside fellow educators about all things PBIS! Our focused session track on PBIS from a distance will dig deeper into the how and why of PBIS during virtual learning. You don’t have to abandon your PBIS framework just because your classroom environment has changed!
Our information-packed virtual conference will enable you to meet with and learn from educators all over the world. We’ll have lots of informative sessions, some awesome featured speakers, opportunities to network, and so much more. We’ll also demonstrate how PBIS Rewards can make it easy to maintain a PBIS initiative from a distance. Best of all, you can attend #PBIScon21 from the comfort and safety of your own home or office! Registration is open now!
We hope to see you at PBIScon21!
Can’t attend? Bummer! You can still get a free, live demo of PBIS Rewards! Just request a demo and we’ll be happy to schedule a time that works for you and/or your team. PBIS Rewards can make it easy to build and maintain a strong PBIS initiative – let us show you how!