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Learning Lip Service

According to a Facebook thread, a high school in America was faced with an unusual problem after a particular trend  had formed amongst teenage girls.

The teenage girls would visit the bathroom and put on lipstick, before pressing their lips to the mirror, leaving dozens of little lip prints. Cute huh?
Every night, the janitor would remove the lipstick marks, only to find them replaced the next day,
The teachers tried all manner of interventions to stop the behaviour, to no avail. The girls were cautioned and scolded, pleaded with, and politely asked to stop. Nothing changed their behaviour.

Finally the principal decided that something had to be done.

She called all the girls to the bathroom and met them there with the janitor.
She explained that all these lip prints were causing a major problem for the poor chap who had to clean the mirrors every night, and to illustrate how difficult the mirror cleaning task was, she asked the janitor to demonstrate his efforts.
He took out a long-handled squeegee, dipped it in the toilet, and cleaned the mirror with it. Since then, there have been no lip prints on the mirror.

Teaching and learning is expedited when the same language is spoken.

How fast can behaviour change!




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