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    For all the instructors out there. Do you use incentives in your children's programs. Such as crests, and stickers?

    I have been using crests for their uniforms:
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    Risning Star - For community recognition
    Academic Achiever - B's and above on their report card

    What do you use?
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    We have different colored stripes for different things. School work, curtesy, physical challenges (calisthenics ), report card.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gakusei
    We have different colored stripes for different things. School work, curtesy, physical challenges (calisthenics ), report card.
    Do you see a beneift to offereing these stripes? Has there been a positive effect?
    Quality outweighs quantity every time.

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    Our main two incentives are the Black Belt Club or the WMA (Warrior Martial Arts). In the black belt club we teach more advanced things and in the WMA we teach other weponds.
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    No. Internal incentive is a very important feature of maturing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brother John
    No. Internal incentive is a very important feature of maturing.
    That's exactly what my instructor would say...we've had the kids incentive discussion...we don't have any, I can see the kids diggin it, but I kind of agree with the maturing aspect mentioned here.

    Oh, but I'm not an instructor other than helping manage the kids class when it's large, so what do I know..



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    I have noticed that by using the Academic Achiever crest that 75% of the children in my school are A students, and that the ones who did not earn the crest are my newest students that just joined during our last bring a friend nite in Mid - Oct.

    The couple of bucks that each crest cost is well worth the cost. It keeps the parents happy, and motivates the children to try just that little bit harder in school. It has also been a great boost of a couple of the kids that have been a little too timid in the class room.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Broad
    Do you see a beneift to offereing these stripes? Has there been a positive effect?
    Yes the kids love getting stripes. Curtesy is the only requirement for graduation. That is determined by the parents and instructors. It is positive reinforcement and little mini goals for them between belts.

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    Verbal recognition,
    Verbal reinforcment,
    Giving thanks,
    relaying development and achievments to parents in front of the child,
    Stripes on the belt at midway point for the next rank,
    Crest can be worn from the get go...they are part of the family like anyone else.

    Internalizing rewards and recognizing achievments without the external bells and whistles I think does the most good for a kid in the long run. Sometime just knowing a support staff of caring adults who communicate and recognize these things can make the internal all that much more important. This is most important to us at our school I believe!
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