Appropriate reward/punishment at school?
06/03/2013 at 22:21 PM

At my children's school, on the last full day of school there will be an ice cream party. In grades K-5 and 1st grade, the teachers have decided that only the kids who have "earned" the ice cream with good behavior throughout the year will get to eat the ice cream. The other children, the naughty ones, will have to watch the other children eat their sundaes. Do you think this is an appropriate reward/punishment for 5-7 year olds? Is such a public reward/punishment system a good way to encourage students to be better the following year, or could this be viewed as a humiliating experience for kids this age? Are kids this age able to learn from this sort of reward/punishment idea? I appreciate your opinions!