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How Can We Keep Students Engaged Without Carrots & Sticks?

By Larry Ferlazzo — April 04, 2012 1 min read
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Becky Searls asks:

Given that a vast body of research shows that extrinsic rewards can be damaging to students’ intrinsic drive to learn for learning’s sake, what are some practical strategies you use to replace the use of rewards, including praise, in your classroom? How do you keep students engaged without the carrots & sticks?

Becky asks a question that many of us wrestle with everyday in the classroom.

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