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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

January 17, 2019
Rewards for good behavior?

Ditch the Stickers!

Celebrating 90 years of Tintin, a 20th-century hero.

"Legally Speaking"
Fun Events!
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  Rewards for good behavior?

(0 A January 2019) BrothersFighting.jpgAs I waited for an appointment, I was amused by the interactions between a mom and her three children, roughly ages 4 to 8. Two of them were very active and noisy. Mom was filling out forms and big sister was trying to help by controlling her rambunctious younger brothers. All three were all over the waiting room, climbing over chairs, poking each other, verbally sparring. After an especially loud and pushy fight between the two boys, Mom said to the older boy, “I need you to sit down and finish your math problems. If you don’t, we won’t be able to go to the movie. I’m sure you will be happier seeing the movie than going home.” The rowdy behavior continued. The reward system was not working in that family.

I came across an article which challenged our habits of rewarding good behavior. One principal and her teachers decided "no more (0 A January 2019) RainyDay_Dinosaur_Small.jpgstickers, etc." and came up with a very different and much more successful approach.

Children read Tintin for his adventures. I never saw anything "dark" in the series. However apparently they are rife with non-pc perspectives. Let the scholars enlighten us as adults. They are still rollicking good stories for the children!

Please share our newsletter with new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always our many fun events!

Make a rainy, weekend adventure: king tides bring great tidepooling conditions. Then go home for a snug weekend with family!  Parmalee

 

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  Ditch the Stickers!

How Ending Behavior Rewards Helped One School Focus on Student Motivation and Character


"Handing out colored bracelets and upbeat stickers when students behave well seems like an effective strategy for encouraging civility. Little prizes and public praise would seem to encourage honesty, generosity and other marks of good character, and for years schools have relied on such rewards to elicit the behavior they desire in their students.

At Lincoln-Hubbard School in Summit, New Jersey, for example, teachers used to hand out stickers to elementary school children with the words "I was caught doing something right" when a child behaved properly. At Glenwood Elementary School in Short Hills, New Jersey, some second-graders who conducted themselves well were rewarded with beans that they could trade in for toys at the end of the week. "You would get them (0 A January 2019) Book_YouCantTeachThroughARat.jpgfor a bunch of different things, like helping the teacher," said Brian Smith, when recalling the class reward system. "It made the problematic kids not want to be as problematic."

Rewards can be seductive, according to Marvin Berkowitz, a professor of education at University of Missouri-St. Louis and author of You Can't Teach Through a Rat. They're easy, they seem to work-particularly with the hard-to-reach kids-and many teachers are taught according to the behaviorist model, which posits that people repeat conduct that's reinforced and avoid what's punished. "We are breeding a new generation of kids who are well trained to be reward and recognition torpedoes," Berkowitz writes.

(0 A January 2019) Book_Drive.jpgBut a substantial body of social science research going back decades has concluded that giving rewards for certain types of behavior is not only futile but harmful. In his book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Daniel Pink identifies seven drawbacks to extrinsic rewards: they cripple intrinsic motivation, limit performance, squash creativity, stifle good conduct, promote cheating, can become habit-forming, and spur a short-term mindset. Giving prizes for routine and mindless tasks can be moderately effective, Pink writes. But offering rewards for those tasks that are "inherently interesting, creative, or noble...is a very dangerous game." When it comes to promoting good behavior, extrinsic rewards are "the worst ineffective character education practice used by educators," Berkowitz writes." Read to find out what does work>>>>>

 

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  Celebrating 90 years of Tintin, a 20th-century hero.

(0 A January 2019) BookTintin.jpgCelebrating 90 years of Tintin, a 20th-century hero.

by Madeline Kearns

This week, fans of The Adventures of Tintin celebrated the 90th birthday of the famous boy reporter created by the Belgian cartoonist, Georges Remi (pen name "Hergé"). "Tintin" tells the story of a foreign correspondent and his faithful dog Snowy as they traverse the world, fighting criminals, solving mysteries, and breaking stories. As a child, I loved reading about Tintin and his friends. But rereading the series as an adult, I've grown to appreciate the deeper layer of political satire and its surrounding controversies.

(0 A January 2019) Tintin_SherlockandTintin.jpgHergé began the series in 1929 for the Catholic newspaper Le Vingtieme Siècle and, no doubt, the stories reflect the turbulent times in which he lived. In his debut, Tintin in the Land of the Soviets (serialized 1929-30), Tintin is sent to report on the Bolshevik government under Stalin and is hunted down by the secret police. The Soviets are depicted as weak and dishonest. "By Trotsky, how did that banana skin get itself under my feet?" one would-be assassin exclaims in a moment of slapstick comedy. Another scene shows "English communists being shown the beauties of Bolshevism," mocking the credulousness of Soviet sympathizers.

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(0 A January 2019) TintinInQuebec.jpgOne of Herge's mistakes was the primitive and infantile depiction of the Congolese in Tintin in the Congo (1930-31). Though the then 22-year-old author's colonial attitudes were widely held at the time, the book has undoubtedly damaged his reputation. However, his anti-racist sentiment comes out strongly in Tintin in America (1931-32) and in his sympathetic and sensitive portrayal of the Chinese in The Blue Lotus (1934-36), set during the Japanese invasion of 1931.

Nevertheless, with the passing of Tintin's 90th birthday, one is reminded how remarkable the series really is. Besides fighting Communists, taking on fascists, and defeating gangsters, drug-dealers, evil scientists, and more - in Explorers on the Moon, Tintin landed on the moon 15 years before Neil Armstrong. It is no wonder that by 1983, he attracted the attention of Hollywood when Steven Spielberg bought the film rights to the series. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, directed by Peter Jackson, came out in 2011.

 

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  "Legally Speaking"

The Santa Cruz Public Library System (SCPL) has partnered with the Santa Cruz County Bar Association to offer a free monthly series of discussions with Q & A on various legal and financial life event topics.

(0 A January 2019) Legally_Speaking.jpgThe new series, titled Legally Speaking, answers questions about the most frequently experienced legal issues faced by people in our community. These discussions will take place at various locations throughout the county. The first event, covering immigration law, will be held at the Downtown Library on January 24th from 6-7 p.m.

Led by Jeraline Singh Edwards, Esq, this presentation will encompass "Know your Rights," immigration law fundamental principles, such ways to become a U.S. citizen, main categories of immigrant, ways to get a green card, process of naturalization, and the "Do's and Don'ts" of immigration law. Most importantly, we will discuss the truths and myths about current immigration law and policies. Jeraline is a Professor at Monterey College of Law teaching Immigration Law Clinic. She is a Seaside Rotary Club Board member, Del Monte Manor Board Member, and a member of Monterey County and Santa Cruz Bar Association and American Immigration Lawyers Association.

According to Library Director Susan Nemitz, "Navigating legal and financial life events can be overwhelming. Getting a good overview and having a professional answer questions can significantly reduce this stress." The series is a result of a 2018 SCPL Innovation Grant. The new series will serve as a pilot to help determine which additional topics and formats will benefit the community.

Other library events in the series include:
Thurs, Feb 14: Estate Planning with Emily Buchbinde, Aptos
Thurs, Mar 14: Elder Law and Abuse with Anna Penrose, Downtown
Thurs, Apr 11: Coastal Access with Gary Redenbacher, Scotts Valley
Thurs, May 9: Labor Law with Gretchen Reganhardt & Lizett Rodriguez (CRLA), Downtown

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Kirby School 6-12, Shadow Days are Mondays

 

Orchard School K-6, Open House 1/19

 

Mount Madonna School PreK-12, Campus Tour and Preview of "13" the Musical 1/24

 

Mount Madonna School PreK-12,  "13" the Musical1/25-27

 

Expedition Academy 5-8, Open Studio 1/25

 

Kirby School 6-12, Open House 1/26


Gateway School K-8, Open House 2/2

Visit Seacliffe

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The Top 100 Children's Books on Goodreads

for Independent Readers through the Middle Grades

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" Cimorene is everything a princess is not supposed to be: headstrong, tomboyish, smart - and bored. So bored that she runs away to live with a dragon - and finds the family and excitement she's been looking for...."

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Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 yrs.) class
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  Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 yrs.) class
Positive Discipline Community Resources
Date: Every Tues (Aug 27-Oct 15) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: adults
Details: Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 years)
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 476-7284 view all details >>
     
Old-Time Family Barn Dance
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  Old-Time Family Barn Dance
Live Oak Grange
Date: The 4th Fri of every month at 7:00pm
Ages: 7+
Details: Come dance with us! Live music * easy to learn * high energy * great community!
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Stripes Ride
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  Stripes Ride
SC Bike Party
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month at 7:00pm
Details: It takes all kinds, so come and celebrate your different stripes! Join this fun bike ride.
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
CREATE IT!
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  CREATE IT!
Palace Art & Office Supply
Date: 01/18/2019 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Details: Explore with mixed media and playful creativity through art journaling
City: Capitola Phone: 831-332-9532 view all details >>
     
Building Methods at the Mission
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  Building Methods at the Mission
State Park Mission
Date: 09/21/2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Details: Get your hands dirty and make your own mini adobe brick
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 425-5849 view all details >>
     
What's That Bird?
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  What's That Bird?
State Park Big Basin
Date: 01/19/2019 at 10:30am
Details: Learn from a pro. Add to your collection of bird sightings!
City: Boulder Creek Phone: 831/338-8861 view all details >>
     
Family Literacy Fun Day
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  Family Literacy Fun Day
Triple P
Date: 01/19/2019 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Family, Postive Parenting with the librarians, fun activities and information
City: Watsonville view all details >>
     
Super Blood Moon Eclipse
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Universe
Date: Every day (Jan 20-Jan 21)
Details: Stargazers will witness a trifecta of lunar events in the New Year - a total lunar eclipse, a super blood Moon and a "Wolf Moon"
City: Earth view all details >>
     
Big Trees History Walk and Walk for History
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  Big Trees History Walk and Walk for History
San Lorenzo Valley Museum
Date: Every Tues (Apr 2-Apr 30) from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: All ages
Details: Call for more information - (831) 338-8382
City: Felton Phone: (831) 338-8382 view all details >>
     
Citizen Science: King Tides
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  Citizen Science: King Tides
Elkhorn Slough
Date: 01/20/2019 from 8:30am to 10:30pm
Details: Learn about background on King tides and the impacts of sea level rise on the slough
City: Watsonville Phone: (831) 728-2822 view all details >>
     
Children's Planetarium Show
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Hartnell Planetarium
Date: Every Fri (Aug 30-Dec 13) at 5:15pm
Details: Star programs for children
Special Instructions: No late admittance. Be sure to show up 5-10 minutes early. Doors are locked shut at start times.
City: Salinas Phone: (831) 755-6979 view all details >>
     
MLK March
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  MLK March
Santa Cruz Police & NAACP
Date: 01/21/2019 at 10:00am
Details: "March for the Dream - Justice. Equality. Love."
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Rethinking Rewards
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  Rethinking Rewards
Date:
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Teaching Social Skills
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  Teaching Social Skills
Triple P
Date: 01/22/2019 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: Adult
Details: Adult, Parenting Workshop, parenting support for families with children with special needs
City: Capitola Phone: (831) 466-5700 view all details >>
     
Rethinking Rewards
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Date:
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