Cupcakes

As an educator, this is probably bad
but I’m saying extrinsic motivation can be rad

In Japan, kids are told not to stand out
There’s actually a proverb that this is about

“The nail that sticks up, will get hammered down”
Doesn’t that make you want to cringe and frown?

I mean in Australia we’ve got the same thing
It’s called “Tall Poppy Syndrome” and it’s hella mean

I don’t want to put them on the spot,
because being a teenager is already a lot

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Teaching is a process. So is icing cupcakes

So I always ask my kids, “Any ideas?”
“Who wants to share? because I’m all ears!”

There’s no wrong answer, no negativity
just praise and positive reinforcement for any and all activity

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These are peanut butter, with peanut butter icing and

Even things like, “I’m so hungry!” will get them a stamp
because they’re expressing themselves like a champ!

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Cupcake diplomacy

Once they’ve filled up the stamp sheet, they get a prize
and it’s always a different flavoured, vegan, baking surprise!

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You win!

As time goes on, voicing their thoughts and feelings is the norm
and the stamps are just a bonus that helped them transform

It begins as extrinsic motivation, but shapes their personality
they become conscientious human beings full of humanity 

 

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