Students in grades six through eight are in a transitional period academically and socially. They’re emerging from the tightly controlled routines of their elementary school years but they don’t yet have the independence and the freedom found in high school. Most educators agree that a reward system for middle school students works well when motivating them to stay focused on their work.
The type of reward that’s offered will depend on the teacher, the students, and the culture of the classroom. Offering food as a reward isn’t a great idea because there’s no way to know if someone has an allergy. Instead, allow students to earn points or stars or check marks and when they get to a certain point, the reward kicks in. Perhaps it’s a night without a homework or extra credit or a small gift such as a special pencil or fun classroom accessory.