Graduation, Awards and Celebrations

  “Like any other tool for facilitating the completion of a questionable task, rewards offer a "how" answer to what is really a "why" question.” ~ Alfie Kohn   It was the summer leading into my first teaching assignment that I read Alfie Kohn's book "Punished by Rewards." It had a huge impact on how I decided my classroom would function. It was an idea that I really hadn't thought deeply about because growing up playing lots of sports I was blessed with a large trophy case to display all my awards. Thinking back on my younger days, however, I really didn't pay much attention to the awards and trophies. They were just there, in my trophy case for all to see. I was more concerned about participating and playing with my friends. I wasn't playing for the trophies. Don't get me wrong, I wanted to win, but the award...
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