Rewards and Punishments
At The Attic we value intrinsic (as opposed to extrinsic) motivation. It is our goal to nurture in children a sense of self, a passion for learning, community, and childhood. Therefore, we do not use rewards, punishments, or competitions. Some examples of rewards are grades, prizes, awards, treats, praise, and compliments. Some examples of punishments are grades, time-outs, (without the option to rejoin the group when ready), denial of a perk. Rewards and punishments can be effective - in the short term - but they undermine a students' self-esteem, passion for learning, sense of self, and intrinsic motivation and they tear down community.
For more on this topic, please read Punished By Rewards by Alfie Kohn.