Reinforcement? Community Building? Or Both? (Reinforcing)





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Published on Jul 25, 2008

Challenged by reinforcing positive behavior in the classroom, an educator shares a true story of earned wisdom. From Ripple Effects' "Coach for Staff" professional development software program.

Topic Questions:
This teacher came up with a creative way to highlight and reinforce positive behavior, yet she doesn't consider it a positive reinforcement approach. What connotations does the word "reinforcement" have that might lead her to frame it as "community building" instead? Is it possible to promote community without reinforcing pro-social behavior? Is it possible to reinforce pro-social behavior, without building community? How do they work best together?


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