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Slice of Life: Should We Be Impressed? #SOL19 #TWTBlog

Good news is we have plenty of gas.

It would never occur to me that we wouldn’t have plenty of gas in our aircraft.  Am I supposed to be impressed by this announcement?  Shouldn’t this be a basic expectation before takeoff?  I would think checking fuel would be a priority.  I think we need to do a better job recognizing what should be a given and what is impressive or commendable.

As I sit on the plane, my mind wanders to back to last week when I saw a teacher talking to her students as they lined up at the door.  They were heading to music. 

I hope you enjoy music.  Please remind Ms. S that you will be walking back to class on your own as well. 

With that, she went into her classroom and the students led themselves to music. 

I connected these two experiences in my mind.  So often I see kids getting a marble or some reward for walking quietly down the hall or cleaning up after themselves.  I worry we are dumbing kids down when we reward them or compliment them for what should be an expectation.  Kids should be respectful of their community.  Kids should act safely.  Kids should be polite and kind.  We need to have higher expectations of our kids so that they will have higher expectations of themselves.  Research has shown that often we live up to the lowest expectation … this is important to remember.

It surprised me that I immediately put these two experiences together, but I know I will now be thinking more about both of them. That teacher knowing her class is fully capable of walking to music – no reminders, no rewards, no compliments.  It’s simply how they do business.  Just like an aircraft should have plenty of gas.


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    Karen Szymusiak
    Posted at 17:25h, 15 March Reply

    I love what this teacher did for her students. She trusted them. She gave them structure-the music. I hope we see more and more of this in our schools.

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    Posted at 21:06h, 15 March Reply

    I was curious as to where your slice was heading. I agree with you that external reward for something that should be a natural part of every day functioning might create a negative effect instead. And yes, an aircraft should have plenty of gas.

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    Melanie Meehan
    Posted at 21:18h, 15 March Reply

    I love how you always take an experience in the day and turn it into something that has bigger meaning. And no, we shouldn’t be giving out marbles for expected behavior, unless we are teaching seals.

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    Posted at 01:45h, 16 March Reply

    YES, “Just like an aircraft should have plenty of gas.”

    Normal Expectation. Not joyful exuberance! Normal. 🙂

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    Margaret Ouellette
    Posted at 15:05h, 16 March Reply

    What a great class when you know they are capable of doing a good job without rewards. Knowing they can go to music in an orderly way helps them to understand what is important.

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