Over at What It’s Like on the Inside, the Science Goddess has put together a staff development theme for this week’s Carnival of Education.
Eduspherians sat in their table groups, dubious of the need for the dayâ€™s events. The Science Goddess could see that a few teachers had already snuck out their marking to do during the training.
â€œNow, now…none of that. Give today a chance! I promise that there will be no cutesy icebreaker games.â€
There was an audible sigh in the room.
Teacher with a Bad Attitude questions the wisdom of giving awards to every student, including Satan Jr.
Basically, every single student gets a â€œcertificate of achievementâ€ at the end of the year, along with their report card. Itâ€™s printed in-house on that cheesy awards type paper you can buy at Staples.
For most students, there isnâ€™t a problem, in that we can always find something meaningful in their year to celebrate. While we donâ€™t have â€œhonoursâ€ anymore, we do acknowledge students who do receive a grade of 80 in any of their courses. (Of course, an 80 in my math class is in a different universe than an 80 in, say, Foods, in which attending and breathing pretty well guarantees a pass.)
We also recognize effort in citizenship, peer support, and, sometimes, just for being a genuinely nice kid.
And teachers must come up with an award for the genuinely awful kids as well.
My daughter’s eighth-grade music teacher gave an award to every student. To the girl who’d disrupted the class and made her life a living hell, the teacher gave the “keeps me on my toes” award.