'Incentive to Learn' Extracts

(The Incentive to Learn Package and the A&R program both arose out of a two year classroom pilot project. Workbooks were an important strand. (For the whole package please contact us)

Workbook Case Study Extract

“The noise was dropping, the atmosphere was changing. Pride was beginning to surface.”
“...Work books and goal setting have played a key part in most progressive ideas about education. Workbooks are the daily records yet they are frequently undervalued, disorganised and impenetrable. For some students, they act as camouflage. If the teacher can't find the work or make sense of it, it can't be judged. The workbook plan that was emerging would eliminate all grounds for student fear. Unlike assignments, every single workbook goal was achievable. The workbook was the key to productive classes..."

Work Practices Awards Case Study Extract

“I couldn't do it Miss”-"You were busy Miss"-"I didn't get a sheet Miss"

“... The workbook process (materials supplied in 'Incentive to Learn') had had a significant effect and it was time to go further and begin the awards for productive work. I had some junior and middle school classes and while none were easy, they included one young class which had 10 students, mostly boys and friends who had systematically avoided written work for a long time. They were very entertaining very respectful, but it was a war just the same. "I couldn't do it Miss, "You were busy", "I didn't get a sheet". Detention was just another chance for them to be together..." (For the whole package please contact us)

Schools have rules...a whole school process

“A large secondary rural school in southern Australia had a tradition of innovation and hard work but was nonetheless subject to the same social pressures as many others. The large size of the school made 'law and order' a significant issue. Lunchtime detentions were commonplace even if only for one or two students and these were usually held by the relevant classroom teacher. Teachers were traditionally considered responsible for their own class discipline but serious incidents were written up and given to assistant principals or senior staff for supportive action.

A suggestion that lunchtime detentions be a whole school affair ..." (For the whole package please contact us)