Honolulu, HI (PRWEB) February 27, 2010
uBoost Inc, the nation’s premier online Student Recognition and Rewards Platform, announced today its plans to help support Performance Behavior Interventions and Support Programs (PBIS) by offering teachers free accounts for uBoost Express. Teachers can register for an account by visiting http://www.uBoost.com/express.
uBoost is used to recognize a range of positive behaviors like citizenship, keeping a tidy work area, practicing good study habits, and participating in class discussions, which lead to improved learning outcomes. Recognition can be delivered on-the-spot by rewarding positive behaviors with award coupons. Students can claim their coupons on uBoost’s website for points redeemable for prizes, including charitable donations. Research shows that one of the best ways to build a child’s self-esteem is to have them help someone else.
“One way to raise self-esteem in children is to set up philanthropic activities in the community, school, and home," says Laura A. Riffel, Ph.D. (The Behavior Doctor). “uBoost provides one avenue for philanthropic endeavors by linking children to charities where they can buy food sources for underprivileged areas across the world. When these philanthropic activities are paired with rewards for appropriate behavior it is a 'twofer'. The children hear a positive message about their behavior, increasing the likelihood this behavior will be repeated (Shores, Gunter, & Jack, 1993). This labeling of appropriate behavior is then paired with a philanthropic endeavor where the children are able to use their points earned for good behavior to purchase food for a third world country. This is one of the key factors in raising self-esteem.”
“We are excited to see uBoost play a part in improving learning behaviors in schools throughout the country,” says John Bower, CEO of uBoost. “We hope that teachers continue to be creative in their use of uBoost to improve classroom behavior and ultimately, learning outcomes.”
Four Key Elements to Raising Self-Esteem
Sometimes when children present with inappropriate behavioral issues, they do so because of low self-esteem. There are four key elements to raising self-esteem: 1)Public Relations, 2)Proficiency, 3) Power to Change, and 4) Philanthropy. First, public relations is helping the child look good in front of their peers by setting up situations where they can be role models of good behavior. Second, proficiency is helping the child become skilled in areas where they are deficient. Third, the power to change is giving students the tools they need to make wise choices and seeing where they can implement those changes. Finally, the fourth element is providing the student with areas in which they can perform philanthropic activities by helping others. When all four of these areas are deliberately set up for a student in a concerted effort, they can prosper.
For more information, visit Dr. Riffel’s website at http://www.behaviordoctor.org
uBoost is an online student motivation platform that provides a system for educators to recognize positive behavior and incremental academic achievement. Working with all age groups, curricula and achievement levels, uBoost partners with publishers, school districts, online schools, tutoring companies and private education companies to design and implement recognition and rewards programs that foster student motivation, improve classroom behavior, and encourage parent engagement.
Recognition in the form of award points, performance-based badges, and a coveted spot on achiever leader-boards encourages students to put forth maximum effort. In addition to thousands of rewards choices (from $.01 to $200.00), uBoost is constantly introducing new rewards,features, and contests to keep up with students' changing interests, ensure relevance throughout the school year and provide unique rewards to keep every individual engaged and motivated.
For more information about uBoost, call 808-377-4810 or visit:
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