I will attempt to capture the essence and insight of this story. Tonight at voice lessons, my almost 5 year old son sits down on the piano bench and pulls out his sticker chart. To the teacher’s astonishment, all the square blocks have been filled in with hand- drawn smiley faces. Unbeknownst to me, this is Henry’s clever handiwork. As he knows, when the chart is full, he will earn a prize.
Sitting in the kitchen, listening to this exchange, I wonder what the real purpose of sticker charts is. What lesson had the teacher hoped to teach? Read the rest of this entry »