Why intrinsic rewards from teachers are best for students


Some teachers have tried using small rewards to help engage students who have returned to school after pandemic-related closures, but research shows that extrinsic rewards, if used, are most useful when unexpected, writes Debbie Silver, an author and former teacher. In this article, Silver writes that intrinsic rewards that come from teachers' feedback are the best choice to use with students, and explains how to turn feedback into a motivator in class.

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