25 Free or Inexpensive PBIS Rewards to Recognize Positive Student Behavior in your School


Rewarding students for positive behavior is key for creating a positive school culture.

Rewarding students for positive behavior is key for creating a positive school culture. For some good ideas, take a look at the list below of free or inexpensive rewards written by Laura A. Riffel, Ph.D. from her seminar on Schools Implementing School-wide PBIS. Using these simple questions: “What would mean the world to you?” and “What could an adult give you that would let you know you had done a good job; but, it can’t cost much money?”’ she was able to develop rewards and rituals that were valued by students. As you start to incorporate student buy-in, you will find it easier to manage student behavior and realize an increase in positive behaviors occurring in your classroom.

25 Free or Inexpensive PBIS Rewards to Improve Student Behavior in your School

Elementary Level

  1. Assist with morning announcements over the PA system
  2. Be a helper in another classroom
  3. Be featured on a photo recognition board
  4. Be recognized during announcements
  5. Be the first one in the lunch line
  6. Be the leader of a class game
  7. Be the teacher’s helper for the day
  8. Borrow the principal’s chair for the day
  9. Choose a book for the teacher to read aloud to the class
  10. Choose any class job for the week
  11. Choose the game during physical education
  12. Dance to favorite music in the classroom
  13. Design a class/school bulletin board
  14. Do half of an assignment
  15. Earn a gift certificate to the school store or book fair

Secondary Level

  1. Assisting Coach for any sport
  2. Choosing what assignment the class does for homework
  3. Designing theme for school dance, ice cream social, game night
  4. Dress as the school mascot during a game
  5. Earning the chance to be the water/towel person at a sporting event
  6. Earning the chance to scoreboard assist at a game
  7. Eating lunch with a preferred adult
  8. Free entrance to a dance
  9. Free entrance to a football, basketball, etc. game
  10. Get to paint a ceiling tile to go in the hallway

Tips for managing an effective PBIS reward or ritual system

  • Talk with colleagues and share experiences that can help inform best practices for your school community.
  • Start small. Try a few rituals so you can find out what works and what doesn’t
  • Keep the focus on learning. A well-managed classroom provides an environment where effective teaching and learning can thrive!
  • Use the Kickboard management solution to help teachers easily track student behaviors in real time and assign rewards with the click of a button.

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