Forget Jung, Adler, and that other guy~what's his name? Oh, yeah, Freud. Our Humble High School is getting into the behavior modification business, big-time.
A few of you saw yesterday's post, which layed out, in a quaint little verse, our newest "initiative" 'round these here parts. We won't tolerate any more "effing" & other such gutter-talk in our hallways; we won't stand for trash accumulating anywhere but the trashcans; we won't put up with those frisky young men, who find it funny, somehow, to flush apples down the urinals & then pee on the floor.
No, by golly, we're going to reward our cherubs instead. "Catch them being good," is the strategy. We're going to teach those little suckers manners. Another example, of course, in a long line of schools picking up where the parentals fell down.
The way it was explained to me by a team of fellow partners-in-arms yesterday, is that the plan~known as Positive Behavior Support~helps reduce punishment by putting a reward system in place. So, instead of calling out one cherub for climbing out the window, I think I'm supposed to reward the 15 others who decided not to. Or, if two kiddos go to the Bagel Bakery, I will reward those who had the common sense to stay put.
Our program, entitled Do Your Part~Prepared, Accountable, Respectful, Truthful~kicks off today. We're starting 1st period with a 10-minute, student-shot video, which explains the program. I'm told oodles of students have been involved in the planning of this effort; I find it odd that I haven't heard about their participation, since you know how kids talk. We'll see, I guess. I'm approaching all of the hullabaloo with an open mind. For now.
So, come 7:30 a.m., I'll be armed with my Success Cards (yes, we're supposed to hand out these business-card-sized reward cards, which the students will then put into a raffle for a drawing at the end of every week) & my new OHHS lanyard to hold those precious cards in a laminated pouch around my neck, and I'll be wearing my specially designed T-Shirt~mandatory "spirit wear" for all staff on the first day of the second semester. All of this in the wake of a bad economy's downsizing, consolidation & layoffs. Oh & don't forget that I won't get a raise again this year.
I never was a cheerleader~too cynical, by a longshot. I'm a little leary of teaching old dogs new tricks, or puppies, as the case may be. But I'm determined to go along with the program, for now. We'll see if the students save their apples for their teachers now, instead of for the beleaguered urinals.
Then, I guess, we could say that the new program is "flush" with success.
And, no, the sign above decidedly does not sing the praises of the school at which I teach. Shot this Superior Snap out in Iowa last year, while scoping out law schools with Ella Numera Una. I wonder if they have Positive Behavior Support out there? Looks like they haven't had any victories in quite awhile.