Oops! I got so caught up in our Mother's Day celebration I totally forgot to do my blog, sorry about that. I hope you all had a wonderful day as well.
On another note, I would like to share my thoughts on candy as a reward. I am guilty of being a candy rewarder. I would give 2 Swedish Fish or 1 Life Saver or 1 Hershey Kiss for various reasons, i.e. successful moments, when it would feel like the class was spiraling downward and just because. Simple treats are a quick reward, inexpensive, makes kids happy and can completely change the atmosphere in the classroom. As we become more health conscious, candy may not have a place in your classroom. Many teachers think it isn't a good idea to reward with candy and are concerned about parental disapproval. It might be a good idea to ask parents in a questionnaire at the beginning of the year whether they have an issue with an occasional piece of candy. Of course, if there is a medical issue, you should be aware of that early on.
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