CHAPTER 8: TWEAK THE ENVIRONMENT
I definitely saw some of this behavior in my day to day rituals, though I saw it as efficiency instead of tweaking the environment. Getting my clothes laid out, lunch made, and my bag packed the night before is considered tweaking the environment, though I do it to be more efficient and having to think less the next morning. I appreciate the tips and advice the book offers, but I struggle applying it to the bigger picture in the classroom and would like more classroom related ideas. The one idea for the classroom mentioned had to do with late students and options that can be used to tweak the environment. Some of them, we already do like talking to the students to appeal to their emotions. That sometimes works, but it is often short lived. Another idea was to lock the door and have them stuck in the hallway - well, often late students don't care about that, and also we were told we are not allowed to do that. They offered the idea of "ON TIME" competition, though I have found that keeps motivated kids motivated and unmotivated kids don't buy in. What actually worked was that the teacher bought a couch and whoever got there first could sit in the "new, cool" place to sit. This worked for his late students. The late kids started to come on time to get the good seat. It bothered me, though, that the kids who were doing what they were supposed to all along were stuck in the old "not cool" seats now. We often spend more time and energy on the few squeaky wheels than rewarding kids for doing what is right. The other problem that I had was that the couch idea, though creative, wouldn't be allowed as it would nit pass fire safety codes. I've read these books and feel that I can apply them more to my own life, but I would like to see more examples of how they can be adapted to school systems rather than businesses. In theory, I see the logic for classroom application, but, in reality, I would like real applications for classroom use.