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Forget recess. These kids want their Wii

Wii How to get kids to pay attention in class?

Promise them a chance to play on the Nintendo Wii during recess.

That's the strategy of a Flagler County K-8 school, where the PTO has purchased four Wii's and put them in a classroom-turned-game room to reward students who are consistently well-mannered, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

Teachers came up with the idea as an alternative to having pizza parties or handing out school supplies as incentives for the school's positive behavior system. They also suggest it's giving kids a chance to use cutting edge technology.

Assistant principal Jason LaFrance told the paper he can't really know whether having Wii Wednesday is improving behavior. But it's a "good motivator," he said, adding, "It creates a culture where all the kids want to be good because they want to play."

(Times file photo)

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:23am]


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