Mmmm, fried rice and cake!!
Last year, while being a pre-k teacher at a bilingual school, I learned a lot of things. I learned the importance of letting four year olds go to the bathroom multiple times a day. I learned that sometimes kids need to be reminded 12 times to push in their chairs. And I learned that positive reinforcement (and stickers) always accomplish more than punishments.
Growing up, I was grounded almost every weekend. I had computer privileges taken away, I wasn’t allowed to use the house phone (hey, remember land lines?) to spend hours talking to my best friend whom I had just seen at school, and I spent a lot of weekend nights at home. I’m not saying I didn’t deserve such punishments; I definitely did. But I also remember having a shift in behavior when events like school dances and birthday parties were approaching. I would do anything I could…
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