The Intangible Reward: A Novelty
Yesterday morning, I received a call from the math teacher: "This is Mrs. Williams calling about your daughter." I wasn't certain what would come next. She went on to explain that the students participated in an intense math competition all last week, with team groups solving multi-step problems. Our daughter's team won. The prize: calls to the teammates' parents to recognize their efforts, accomplishments, and abilities in collaboration.
A sweet gesture.
I have been recently immersed with promoting carpooling, walking, taking transit to school. To do so, our school has employed heavy incentive tactics. Smoothies for kids that walk to school. Coffee for parents who carpool (i.e., drop off 2 or more students in the school lot). Pencils, stickers, iTunes gift cards, small toys, tokens for the arcade: the whole lot.
In our object-heavy lives, it is a breath of fresh air to receive that intangible reward. So: Thank you, Mrs. Williams, for that reminder and for the recognition.