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English translation: gold stars attached to a bulletin board or gold star stickers attached to students' assignments

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19:08 Mar 21, 2018
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Social Sciences - Education / Pedagogy
English term or phrase: gold stars
Hi,
do you perhaps know what “gold stars” are in a school setting? I think it refers to a sort of “educational reward”, but I don’t know what it is exactly.
Thank you very much for any hint!

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In fact, a focus on external achieve¬ment can even produce a great deal of outwardly measured "success," especially if we evaluate success as so many do these days: by good grades, athletic and artistic accomplishments, and popularity with teachers and other adults. (...) Rigidly adhering to convention and the status quo is often the most certain way to earn ** gold stars ** from teachers and other authority figures.
But obviously, ** gold stars ** aren't our highest goal for our kids. In other words, our central aim is not to help them become good at pleasing others, especially when that means missing out on the meaning and excitement that come from exploration, imagination, curiosity,
haribert
Local time: 00:31
English translation:gold stars attached to a bulletin board or gold star stickers attached to students' assignments
Explanation:
in recognition of their academic excellence

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https://mod-lab.com/blog/another-gold-star-ftw-a-look-at-ach...
Do you remember the chart your teacher had on the bulletin board or hanging right off the front of his/her desk? It was the one that had the gold stars for when you got a 100% score on your weekly spelling test. Did you feel motivated to do well on your next test just so you can get another star?
During my study and practice of elementary education, there was a drive to create experiences where learning was driven intrinsically. We want students to engage in learning because the learning itself was motivating to the student. As educators we strive to facilitate experiences where the content is so rich, the activity so engaging, and/or the skill so problem solving that students are motivated internally to continue to learn. Arguments are made that achievement systems such as the gold star, grades, and other extrinsic motivators are less effective and desirable for inspiring life-long learners. When I taught 5th grade, I certainly strove to foster intrinsic motivation as much as possible; however, admittedly did use extrinsic motivators as well. Like the spelling test stars, I had students track their daily speed math achievements whenever they got a perfect score as an added layer to help make doing math quickly, fun.

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Dariusz Saczuk
United States
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Thank you so much, Dariusz!
Many thanks also to all other participants.
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4 +6gold stars attached to a bulletin board or gold star stickers attached to students' assignments
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gold stars attached to a bulletin board or gold star stickers attached to students' assignments


Explanation:
in recognition of their academic excellence

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Note added at 8 mins (2018-03-21 19:17:13 GMT)
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https://mod-lab.com/blog/another-gold-star-ftw-a-look-at-ach...
Do you remember the chart your teacher had on the bulletin board or hanging right off the front of his/her desk? It was the one that had the gold stars for when you got a 100% score on your weekly spelling test. Did you feel motivated to do well on your next test just so you can get another star?
During my study and practice of elementary education, there was a drive to create experiences where learning was driven intrinsically. We want students to engage in learning because the learning itself was motivating to the student. As educators we strive to facilitate experiences where the content is so rich, the activity so engaging, and/or the skill so problem solving that students are motivated internally to continue to learn. Arguments are made that achievement systems such as the gold star, grades, and other extrinsic motivators are less effective and desirable for inspiring life-long learners. When I taught 5th grade, I certainly strove to foster intrinsic motivation as much as possible; however, admittedly did use extrinsic motivators as well. Like the spelling test stars, I had students track their daily speed math achievements whenever they got a perfect score as an added layer to help make doing math quickly, fun.

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Note added at 19 mins (2018-03-21 19:28:09 GMT)
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Dariusz Saczuk
United States
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Native speaker of: Native in PolishPolish
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Grading comment
Thank you so much, Dariusz!
Many thanks also to all other participants.
Notes to answerer
Asker: Thank you so much, Dariusz! A very interesting article, really.


Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Robert Forstag: Used in the posted text by way of pointing out their limitations as rewards for students’ compliant behavior.
26 mins
  -> Precisely. Thank you, Robert.

agree  Jack Doughty
1 hr
  -> Thank you, Jack.

agree  JohnMcDove
8 hrs
  -> Thank you, John.

agree  katsy: are these still used? I got them at primary school; I certainly found them rewarding. Did I find them motivating? Aaahh, dunno. I think I saw it as recognition rather than encouragement :-)
16 hrs
  -> Thank you, Katsy. Yes. Some instructors even use them in college. ;-)

agree  B D Finch: I seem to remember a range of colours for stars, with gold as the top one.
17 hrs
  -> Yes. Thanks!

agree  jccantrell
22 hrs
  -> Thank you!
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