Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Lecture, March 3, 1884, in Amory Hall, Boston, Massachusetts. "New England Reformers," Essays, Second Series (1844)
TIME: 8:07 PM
PLACE: School hallway
SUBJECT: School hallway and banner
Tonight I had a leadership team meeting at the children’s school. The leadership team was put together by our principal when she arrived at our school 3 years ago. It consists of parents, teachers, and the principal. The main focus of the leadership team is to improve the overall school environment for our children. We discussed a new program regarding rewards for the students this year. The goal is to eliminate rewarding the kids with candy, stickers, small prizes, etc and replace that by teaching them to make good choices because it is the right thing to do. We want to move from extrinsic rewards to one with more intrinsic recognition. It is a new mind-set and will undoubtedly, make some kids unhappy at first. The current reward system has just not been retaining the behaviors that are desired, so we are taking this new approach. It will be interesting to see how this program is greeted by the kids next week when school begins.