Navigate to top.
Share your BrightBites experience for a chance to win a classroom cookbook! Email us at brightbitesca@gmail.com to book a short telephone interview before the end of June 2017.

It’s an Honour

REWARDS AND INCENTIVES

Home / Badge / It’s an Honour

Getting Started

Rewards are commonly used to recognize achievements and success and often involve foods and beverages that are high in sugar, fat, salt with few nutrients. This practice is tempting because it results in short-term success; however, it has consequences (see research). Earn this badge by rewarding achievement and success with positive statements, physical activity and non-food rewards.

Steps To Earn This Badge

Step 1 icon.

Step 1 - Ask the Students

Talk to students about what motivates them to succeed. When is a reward a good idea? What type of rewards appeal to them? If they suggest food rewards, explain why these are not a good idea. Ask students to find ways to recognize the efforts of others with appropriate rewards (or recognition).

Step 2 icon.

Step 2 - Start a Conversation

Tell others about what you learned from students about what motivates them to succeed and what non-food rewards they suggested. Ask adults the same questions. Talk about the issues with using food as a reward. Make the case for not using food as a reward (for children or adults) using the Helpful Links and Tools for this badge.

Step 3 icon.

Step 3 - Do a Nutrition Checkup

Review the Rethinking Rewards (see Tools) and make the commitment to use non-food rewards to recognize success and achievements of others. This is an important step to earning this badge!

Step 4 icon.

Step 4 - Make it Fun

Now that you have made the commitment to use non-food rewards and incentives, it’s time to have some fun! Choose at least one of the activities below to get everyone excited about the new and improved rewards, or come up with your own creative idea(s).

Badge Inspiration

  • Have student volunteers do a skit at a staff meeting about motivating others (including students) positively (e.g. with positive encouragement and/or appropriate, non-food rewards)
  • Have a contest to come up with the most creative ways to reward (and recognize) others
  • Have an assembly to celebrate student success
  • Dedicate a bulletin board to celebrate various student achievements in the school throughout the year
  • Use the school’s website, social media and school newsletter to highlight achievements and successes (students and staff)