Motivating with Token Reward Systems

Over the years, I've successfully used points, stickers, stars, candy, and other various tokens to motivate kids. A token economy (which is the more formal name for a reward system using tokens) can be very simple or deeply comprehensive. But no matter how simple or complex, it can bring remarkable results. For example, I was a self-employed piano teacher for ten years. During those ten years, I created a point system for motivating my students to practice every day. If you've ever taken … [Read more...]

The Astonishing Truth about Sleep

Recently, I had a short conversation with a co-worker at my day job. We chatted for about 3, maybe 4 minutes. But by the end of the conversation, he had the look of astonishment on his face. I could tell that our discussion was hitting him at just the right moment in his life and it was waking him up like splashing cold water on his face. The conversation went something like this: Me: So, how's your day going? Him: Pretty good, I guess. I'm a little tired. Me: Still not getting enough … [Read more...]