More on rules

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Wed, 27 Aug 1997 18:49:17 -0400 (EDT)

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This is my latest stand on rewards and consequences, as I sit here and type
out my syllabus (I teach high school...):

The majority of my students are here to learn. I do not have the time to
deal with those who choose to disrupt the classroom. If you choose to talk
constantly, misbehave, and prevent learning from taking place, you will find
yourself feeling left out, jealous of other people's work, angry at me, and
producing poor-quality artwork. You will learn far less than your
classmates, and you won't feel particularly good about yourself when you walk
out of the room.

If you choose to pay attention, to do your work on a regular basis, and to
put forth your best effort, you will find yourself smarter, more confident,
happier, and a better artist. You will enjoy the class to a much greater
degree, your work will improve, and you will have good grades to boot. You
will find that you are better able to express yourself as an artist, and
appreciate art, and life, a great deal more.

How's that sound to folks? I want the rewards and consequences to be more
intrinsic, like they are in real life. Work hard, get somewhere; Goof off,
stay put. I want them to feel good about what they've accomplished, not
about an outside reward. Not that those rewards won't occassionally be used,
but just not be the main goal.

Duffy Franco
Norwalk High School

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