Some of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had while sorting through donations to Schoolhouse Supplies have been discovering items that teachers can use as incentives to reward and motivate their students. The dictionary defines incentive as “something that incites or tends to incite to action or greater effort, as a reward offered for increased productivity.” It is also something that stimulates achievement, and provokes excitement. An incentive encourages creativity and commemorates success. It motivates and empowers.
Everybody has a hard day occasionally, or an exceptionally good one. A little token can make any kid feel special, celebrate a goal that has been achieved, or feel “perked” for a job well done or a challenge overcome. Teachers who shop at Schoolhouse usually rush to these items first, storing them up for those days when their students need an extra reward, or deserve a little commendation.