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Dear parents, are Class Dojos in your school? Ask questions; avoid them if possible.

Children Motivation

Our bright, spirited, 6 year old son started kindergarten last year, finally grown up and ready to leap into a bigger world. But something happened we didn't expect: he became obsessed with ‘Dojos’. I’d say ”How was reading and maths today?” but instead we heard “l love Dojos, I’m going to get a special medal when I get a lot of dojos”. A few months into the school year, he was daily referring to how many Dojos he and the other kids had. It was the first thing he talked about when he woke up in the morning. It was...

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The power of small rewards (Chapter 3 of How watching kids explains everything)

Children Motivation

This photo shows Jazz, aged 4, barrelling up the track from Burning Palms in the Royal National Park, south of Sydney. It was a warm day and the track is a steep climb up an escarpment, maybe 200-300 meters high. “Dad. I’m tired. Will you carry me?” in a theatrically wan voice, from a child weighing 18 kilos, is the last thing a father wants to hear at the bottom of a steep climb. So, I said: “Do you know there’s a treat for the first person to get to the top of the hill?” Jazz: “What is it?” Dad:...

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How children gift us strengths and values

Children Cities

As a father or a 4 year old, I'm knocked out every day by the force of his imagination, passion, love, and drive to take control of his world (though I wish he had more compassion for insects)…He reminds me of the many important things I’ve almost forgotten about. Professor Rinaldi said this so eloquently: “So far there are many images of the child...but many of them tend to underline the needs of the child, what the child does not have, what the child is not. Instead we should see the child as “protagonist and constructor of his own life...

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