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Our goal is to increase student motivation, both extrinsically and intrinsically, by rewarding students with real-world financial rewards for three performance criteria (attendance, good behavior, and classwork completion rate), and a comprehensive program of mentors, guest speakers speaking on career options, financial literacy workshops and a culminating Student Entrepreneurship Fair. We want to build an important connection in students minds: educating yourself is beneficial and leads to a healthier, happier, more productive life.

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Student Incentive Program: Real-World Rewards, for Real-World Results

School:
John Hopkins Middle School 
Subject:
Mathematics 
Teacher:
Zachary Faza 
 
Marianne Shaffer 
Students Impacted:
130 
Grade:
Date:
June 25, 2019

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Only $6,500.00 Needed

 

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Goal

Our goal is to increase student motivation, both extrinsically and intrinsically, by rewarding students with real-world financial rewards for three performance criteria (attendance, good behavior, and classwork completion rate), and a comprehensive program of mentors, guest speakers speaking on career options, financial literacy workshops and a culminating Student Entrepreneurship Fair. We want to build an important connection in students minds: educating yourself is beneficial and leads to a healthier, happier, more productive life. 

 

What will be done with my students

Alongside the Parent Teacher Student Association, I am running a pilot for an innovative Student Incentive Program (SIP), which we hope to expand to the entire school. The pilot will operate in my classroom (7th Grade Math, regular and advanced). Students will be rewarded with real-world financial incentives (yes, actual money! Isn’t that what we all get rewarded with, after all?), for meeting benchmarks for three criteria: attendance, good behavior, and classwork completion rate. Rewards will be given every quarter, along with a ceremony to publicly celebrate the students’ commitment to their academics. Additionally, the Student Incentive Program includes a financial literacy program in partnership with an established financial institution, and the implementation of a school wide mentoring program to bring more positive influences into our students’ lives. 

 

Benefits to my students

By rewarding with tangible, real-world incentives for their effort and commitment to their education, and also fostering strong, relationship-based mentorships, we will provide much needed motivation to students during their pivotal middle school years. Even if a student has the intellect and ability to succeed, lacking motivation can be the downfall of even the most brilliant student. Most of my students have little motivation to do well in school, which is absolutely not a reflection of their character. John Hopkins Middle School is a Title 1 School, and about 90% of our students live within the South St. Petersburg Community Redevelopment Area. A recent equity report states that the Black population in St. Petersbrug has both the lowest percentage of college graduates (28%) and the highest poverty rate in the county (43%). This data shows that our students face considerable daily challenges in their lives, and even more detrimentally, that it is less likely that they have people in their lives that can speak to the benefits of education. The Student Incentive Program will fill that gap, and help build an important positive association in students’ minds between education and higher life quality 

 

Describe the Students

My students are 7th graders, half of them in regular 7th grade math, and half in advanced 7th grade math. Thus, the students are across the board with performance and learning needs. Being a Title 1 School, the students at John Hopkins are all recipients of free and reduced lunch and come from a variety of home lives. The Student Incentive Program is designed to motivate students of all levels by rewarding actions, not outcomes. Research studies done on similar programs has shown that by rewarding actions directly within each student’s control, you get significantly more buy-in and long term participation, especially from traditionally lower achieving students. 

 

Budget Narrative

Each student will have the ability to earn up to $25 per quarter, if they meet the designated criteria in attendance, behavior, and classwork completion. The costs listed for Items 1 and 2 are calculated from maximum student participation. T 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Quarter 1 Student Incentives (Max) $3,250.00
2 Quarter 2 Student Incentives (Max) $3,250.00
  Total: $6,500.00

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