What I do:
I print out a colored picture of anything interesting to your class – maybe something interesting from a subject that you’re studying. The picture above is a monster truck that I chose mainly to motivate a student who was refusing to participate in class discussions. On days that he raised his hand to join in, the class earned a puzzle piece.
**Please note: Of course I never told the class (or my reluctant student) that he was the main focus of the reward system. I simply announced that when everyone was actively involved and raising their hands, that the whole class would earn a puzzle piece.
I chose different pictures, and I never told them what the picture was – they had to guess! That was part of the fun!
I keep student names on sticks, and each time a puzzle piece was earned, I pulled a student’s name out to select a puzzle piece to hang up front on the whiteboard.