MI Monday | Incentive Chart

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Identifying students’ improvement areas, and providing them structured guidance can drastically accelerate their learning outcomes. However, it is often hard for teachers to keep track of individual children needs. Today’s micro-innovation suggests a way in which students progress can be tracked systematically to provide them personalised guidance in an on-going basis.

Problem statement

Meenakshi was finding it hard to keep track of student progress and realised that her students were not as motivated as they could be in the class.

Micro-innovation description

With the help of other teachers in school, Meenakshi has introduced an ‘Incentive Chart’ in her class. Students get a Smiley drawn in front of their names on the chart if they exhibit good behaviour and finish work on time. Students receiving 10 Smileys get a ‘Smiley Badge’ which they can put on their uniform for a week and after getting 30 Smileys on the chart, they get a ‘Feel Proud Card’ in the assembly by the Principal.

Why interesting

This micro-innovation is interesting because it not only motivates the students but also gives the teacher a clear visual reminder of which students still need to improve in certain areas. She can refer to the Smiley chart during the day and support students one-on-one. It also makes peer recognition the highest honour, therefore reinforcing the idea that progress and learning should be celebrated.

Potential implementation challenges

To be genuinely useful, teachers will need to ensure that they make full use of the chart during class. This may require adding more structure to the process.

Impact so far (according to teacher)

Meenakshi has noticed that students are motivated to gain more Smileys and Feel Proud Cards from the Principal and try hard to improve. Students love to be appreciated by their teachers and their peers.


STIR Education

STIR Education

STIR is a UK based charity working in developing countries ( India and Africa) to improve quality of school education by working with teachers in the poorest schools in the region.

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