Monday, July 07, 2008

I Don't Want to Ride on My Motorsickle...*

So, in Schoolin' School, we were talking about the various sorts of positive reinforcers teachers can use to reward good behavior from students. We discussed the usual fare: stickers, pencils, etc. Then the professor said, "You know, I have a teacher friend who swears by pickles—the big ones you buy in the giant jars."

I immediately thought, "That's so weird. That's exactly what Wheeler said." (He once, for some reason, had a pickle-in-a-bag with him. It was one student's birthday. Wheeler gave the kid the pickle, which much to his surprise, caused an immediate furor from all the other envious students who hadn't gotten pickles on their birthdays.)

And since then I've heard—literally—something like half-a-dozen different teachers all independently say things along the lines of, "You know, it's weird. The kids will do anything for pickles. They go crazy for them."**

Pickles? Pickles. Is that a local thing? (I'm thinking it's got to be.) Far-flung pedagogists, please edu-ma-cate me.

Pickles. Huh...

* Hopelessly obscure? Reasonably transparent? Please tell me.

** I sympathize. I'm rather fond of pickles myself.


  1. Anonymous11:15 PM

    Oh, it gets weirder than that. Much weirder. This is my home, and I love pickles, alot, crazy amounts, but I have yet to figure out this craze

    And they are now as common in the Delta nowadays as snoballs are in NOLA

  2. Anonymous9:30 AM

    even road-worn, drug-addled country and western juke-box,radio and television superstars love pickles.

  3. Anonymous11:48 AM

    I once gave a little chocolate mint as a reward to a kid in a logic class. Then they *all* wanted one -- including the A students.

  4. Okay, I got the Arlo reference and it made me chuckle. And start humming. Very cute.

  5. Wow. That is weird. On the other hand, maybe it's less the pickle than the idea of being recognized for doing something well.

  6. Anonymous12:37 PM

    I had a teacher friend that would give out a single raisin to kids as incentives/rewards. She swears that those kids would work the butts off for those single raisins. Shrug