Motivation or De-motivation?

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Registered: 09-19-2002
Motivation or De-motivation?
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Thu, 03-08-2012 - 7:35am

My 8yr old daughter's teacher gives out marbles for 100's on certain tests.

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Registered: 05-02-2004
Wed, 04-04-2012 - 11:37am
I would have to have a talk with the teacher, even if my kid were the one getting the 100s. I would go armed with whatever studies I could find to back up my opinion that this was wrong. I would ask her to find supporting evidence that what she was doing was right if she was going to continue to do this.

This sounds a lot like the teacher where my daughter started school, who in the 5th grade health unit would weigh the kids then announce the weights to the entire class. NOT good for those couple of kids who already have image issues. Snickers always followed the announcements of the heavier kids.
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Registered: 08-31-2009
Fri, 03-16-2012 - 11:31am

That is just plain rude!!!!




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Registered: 01-18-2005
Fri, 03-16-2012 - 9:23am

I think that's a godd idea. I can't imagine that practice being any good for the chidlrens' self-esteem.

 Julie, Mommy to Luciana (4) & Carolina (14 mos)

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Registered: 09-19-2002
Thu, 03-15-2012 - 8:55pm

Thanks everyone for your responses.

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Registered: 01-18-2005
Tue, 03-13-2012 - 12:58am

I completey agree with nathanielsmom!! I think it makes kids feel less than and then they figure, "why bother?". Then you have a kid with poor self-esteem and little desire to do well in school b/c of these "rewards"....it's not fair.

 Julie, Mommy to Luciana (4) & Carolina (14 mos)

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Registered: 10-08-2004
Sun, 03-11-2012 - 7:51pm
These types of rewards are external movtivation and in my opinion are BAD. Well even worse than BAD. Children should be movtivated internally by what makes them feel good about themselves. They should be proud of themselves for trying. I always tell my son, quality over quantity. I know my son's best on a spelling test for instance is a B, it is his best that is reachable for him b/c spelling is not his best subject. Expecting him to make a 100 would be very unrealistic. These teachers that do these things are not really interested in bringing out the best in children. All they do is make children feel bad about themselves and down their self esteem.

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Registered: 09-12-2003
Thu, 03-08-2012 - 12:49pm

I'm odd my kid takes after me, I never respond to motivators like that. Drove his first grade teacher crazy she

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Thu, 03-08-2012 - 9:39am

I'd say de-motivator for some.....because they've tried their hardest and just can't ever seem to get there, so they give up and stop trying.




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