During one of my education classes at the University of Nebraska we were discussing resumes, what to add and what to leave out. The question came up as to whether or not we should include our ACT scores. The professor replied that if your scores were very high it would be good to include them. I raised my hand and said I received a 21 (at least I think that’s what it was). “Oh, definitely leave that out!” he responded. Ha ha! Maybe I should have looked into ACT Tutoring.
The fact of the matter is, I was not the best high school student. In fact my motto was “Why kill myself to get an A when with very little effort I had a guaranteed B?” I was very happy with this mindset until my senior year when the head master of the school began offering incentives for grades. Now that got my attention. Keep in mind I was at boarding school. Every student who received all A’s in a quarter was presented with a booklet of coupons including the following: 1 free breakfast in bed, 1 day of skipping classes, and several for free food at the student lounge. My B average very quickly became all A’s!
At that age I suppose I didn’t understand the value of studying and learning, but given a goal that I could reach for, I rose to the occasion. My own experience is probably a big reason why I use incentives in home schooling.
While I try to instill the value of being well educated, I can see that my children don’t really understand why all this will be important some day. And although I do try to show them the relevance of, for instance, math in their lives right now, that doesn’t always connect with why they need to sit and complete a math paper. So I do offer incentives at home such as candy, Silly bands, Wii or TV time. I try to vary things and keep them fun. Do you use incentives? How do you motivate your children to get through the more tedious assignments?