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I teach a Middle School General Music class and I am loving it! The kids are great – I started with analysis of “their Music” using music terminology. It’s going well so far.

The problem I have is with one of my string classes and the topic of “rewards”. Perhaps they have learned too well from other teachers that they can earn a “free-day” or “Movie-Day” and I am not really an extrinsic rewards kind of teacher. I teach intrinsic rewards like learning how to play music. I have a student who incessantly asks me “When are we going to have a free day?” or “When can we watch a movie?” My pat answer is “when you have earned it – usually after a concert” but he keeps on asking….

It really irritates me an I do not know how to stop this behavior. Any advice is most welcome.