Rewards and punishments in education
In the process of educating their children, most teachers or parents cannot avoid rewarding or punishing their children.
If the child meets or exceeds our requirements, we give praise or actual rewards; if the child fails and violates our expectations, we criticize or punish him.
For example, school teachers rank students according to their academic performance, a large number of classes have honour lists, and post safflowers to positive students.
For students with poor learning or troublesome students, they will be punished for dozens of assignments.
I have met a parent who said that her son who was in the fourth grade of primary school was punished for copying the primary and secondary school language papers, so that he went to bed more than 11pm and got up at 5am.
I was angry and asked her, “Why not tell the teacher?
This punishment is too cruel!
She said, “Where can I dare to do this!
“I’ve also heard that sometimes just because a student is naughty, the teacher punishes the whole class for ten minutes late.
So how does the Waldorf School reward and punish students?
I asked Laura, the first-year head teacher, “Students are mischievous or perform well in class. How do you reward and punish them?
Laura said that the students in this class are generally good. In a class she took before, a few boys were very naughty. Sometimes she punished him for not participating in a group activity, such as skipping ropes.
She also finishes the work of the parents, but generally does not tell the parents that the children misbehave in school, unless it hurts or bites other students, or some bad behavior occurs repeatedly.
In the classroom, there are no honor lists such as five-pointed stars, little red flowers, and so on.
Laura said that she rarely praised individuals. On the day of my lecture, Laura praised Max for helping other students to set up tables and chairs. Occasionally, she praised a classmate for doing well in her homework, but she never made a public announcement about who got many smallsafflower.
She said that if good deeds became competition, it would lose any meaning!
Laura more often praises the class collective. On that day, the students in the class performed the clarinet well. Laura took eight colored glass balls from a large glass bottle, and waited until all the glass balls in the bottle were taken out.Have a celebration party.
No wonder the children were so happy to see that the glass bulbs became smaller.
I found that in the student’s workbook, the teacher who did the wrong question did not draw a cross, and did not draw the right question when he did the right question.
How can students know whether the assignment is right or wrong?
Laura said that she did not correct the assignment book, and asked the students to correct the wrong questions in person, or made a mark with a pencil. It was too serious to draw a cross on the book.
Laura requires children to write in alphabetical order. Individual children need to be reminded repeatedly, but she will not blame or criticize such children.
In the second grade of the second grade, the main teacher Penny asked students to write words containing u, such as bus, student, fur, purchase, etc.
Among the students, the most can write 44 words, and the least can write 6 words, but the teacher does not praise the writing of multiple words, nor criticizes the writing of less words, and does not comment.
Penny said to me that she would lose confidence in the students as soon as possible, because each student’s ability is different.
Because Waldorf School cancels the exam, it will not be punished for poor test results, and it will not be criticized for doing wrong homework.
I saw some classes where the teacher wrote the names of the troublemakers on the blackboard.
For example, in the fourth grade, Mark, the most naughty student, makes many noises, and the teacher writes his name on the blackboard. When he makes progress, such as playing the clarinet, he plays it very seriously, and the teacher wipesDrop a letter in his name and become Mar.
Answer the question correctly, and his name becomes Ma.
Until he wiped his name off the blackboard.
I mentioned in another article that in order for the naughty students to not affect other students and hear the class, they arranged them to sit at the corner of the podium and let them wear beads.