Using rewards to stay motivated

Students identify one goal they wish to achieve and look at ways to keep motivated to achieve it.

Year Level



5 minutes


  • In class activity
  • Online learning

SEL Competencies

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-management
  • Social awareness

Learning Intention

Students aim to identify one goal they wish to achieve and look at strategies to stay motivated to achieve it. 

Key Outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify one goal that they aim to achieve
  • understand the difference between positive and negative motivation
  • identify a range of rewards for achieving their goal.
Activity 01

Instructions 5 min

  1. Share the article 'Tips for getting and staying motivated' with the class.
  2. Ask students to write one goal they wish to achieve.
  3. Ask students to write a list of rewards that can help motivate them for each time they complete a task relating to their goal.
  4. Students discuss with the class the rewards they would use.
  5. Students can also share previous experiences of achieving their goals and describe the rewards they used to help motivate them.