The research suggests we shouldn’t bribe kids. Rewards don’t work in the long-run, we are told. I am sure they are right, but sometimes we don’t need a multi-year commitment. I have a tutoring group working in a typing program, trying to increase speed and accuracy to get candy coupons. This effort has gotten slightly expensive. I am giving out handfuls of candy. Typing is happening, though. Some of them type nonstop throughout the period while I walk around persuading them to put their fingers in the right place.
Eduhonesty: I favor occasional bribery. For repetitive, competitive tasks like typing, candy coupons work great.