While I want my students to develop the idea that the intrinsic rewards of learning are enough, I also want to recognize them and make them feel special when they accomplish goals. Unfortunately, my budget doesn't allow me to be able to purchase prizes for the students. That's how these no-cost reward tickets were born.
Based on student suggestions, this sheet of reward tickets includes beloved privileges like sitting in the teacher's chair, leaving shoes off for the day, and getting a one-day extension on a homework assignment. The file is in Rich Text Format, which means it is compatible with any word processing program and can be easily edited by you to include privileges specific to your classroom or school. My students, for instance, love making goofy PowerPoints, but maybe yours would love to bring a stuffed animal friend for the day. Students can clip the passes like coupons (I have them staple the homework pass to the assignment when it is submitted), or the sheet can stay intact and you can initial each pass when used.
In my classroom, students earn these passes by meeting their Accelerated Reader (AR) goal each nine weeks. At the end of each quarter, when their goals have been tallied, I print the passes on colored paper. I intentionally leave an expiration date off the passes, because the students work so hard to earn them. The pure goodness of these rewards is infectious. One student used his teacher's chair pass as a birthday gift to another, who later in the year returned the favor. By far, the greatest return I ever got on these passes was when a student told me that, at first, the only reason he was trying to meet his goal was because of the passes, but over time, he realized he loved reading and the passes just became icing on the cake.
These passes really have added joy to the classroom without any of the stress of worrying about how I will be able to afford rewarding the students. I hope you enjoy using them in your classroom, too!