Wednesday, January 27, 2010
"I got a real gem today. For hard work."
His teachers have an incentive system where a check mark is earned for diligently working in class. After 50 checkmarks are accumulated, the student can choose a prize.
Jackson reached 50 marks and chose as his prize a green piece of glass, which he thinks is a real emerald. It is, I must say, kind of cool looking.
Ten minutes later we are looking at his spelling list for the week. He only has half of the words written into his planner. I ask him why the rest aren't there.
"I didn't get them all written out"
"Well" he said with remarkable forthrightness, "I was distracted by my emerald."
I am not sure that is the way the incentive system is supposed to work.