oh how I love Marvin's wonderful advice.
His list of "smart awards" is just what I've been trying to compose.
I guess after watching the Oscars this year, I started to think long
and hard about "best." And I started thinking about how we dilute
the real achievements.
The kids seem to love the ribbons and awards. So I feel compelled to
offer the awards, but I want to encourage the best potential or even
the one time thing that should be encouraged because who knows how
the encouragement will lead to something?
Today I was looking at photos from a class I don't teach and found
something I thought extraordinary. I want to find that student
tomorrow and give my regard. To me that is the best reward. I know
this student will be encouraged simply because I sought him/her
out . I try to do this often-----Look over the work produced in
classes that are not mine and and let some kid know I value the
thought and effort.
I urge all of you to view Marvin's suggestions. He always gives us
the thoughts we need to think about and gives the best practice for
initiating the thoughts.