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Rethinking Awards Ceremonies

Here is a list of thoughts from me and many other bloggers on the topic of Awards Ceremonies in School (if you know of a post that should be included in this, please email/tweet me):

  1. Death of an Awards Ceremony | The Wejr Board
  2. A New Era of Ceremonies | The Wejr Board
  3. Recognizing ALL Students – The Movement | The Wejr Board
  4. Is Learning A Sport? | The Wejr Board
  5. Questioning Awards and Grades | The Wejr Board
  6. Honouring A Student’s Strength: Story of Daniel | The Wejr Board
  7. Awards Prepare Kids For The ‘Real World’ – Really? | The Wejr Board
  8. The Wejr Family Awards | The Wejr Board
  9. Awards Day – A Poem | The Wejr Board 
  10. Questioning Honours: The Wejr Board
  11. Starting the Conversation on Rethinking Awards Ceremonies | The Wejr Board
  12. Is a School Awards Ceremony the BEST We Can Do? | The Wejr Board
  13. 13 Videos for Starting Dialogue on Rethinking Rewards, Awards | The Wejr Board 
  14. Changes to Awards System at Mt. Scopus College | The Wejr Board
  15. for the love of learning: The Case Against Rewards
  16. for the love of learning: Abolishing Awards
  17. for the love of learning: Unconditional Recognition
  18. Honouring All Students: The Principal of Change
  19. The Impact of Awards: The Principal of Change
  20. Against the Wind: Another Intrinsic Killer: Awards Ceremonies
  21. Read This: Death of an Awards Ceremony – The Tempered Radical
  22. And the Award Goes To… | Upside Down Education
  23. The Bearded Teacher: …But awards feel so good
  24. Are academic awards losing favour in B.C. schools? (UPDATED) – Report Card
  25. Awards in Schools? @MrWejr has got me thinking. | Building the Future
  26. The Problem With Award Ceremonies | 21st Century Educator
  27. Awards, Grades and Competition | Mr. Gonzalez’s Classroom
  28. The Case Against Awards | The New Republic
  29. A Principal’s Reflections: Recognizing the Valedictorian in All
  30. The Honour Roll – Webb of Thoughts
  31. “The deleterious effect of gradings and its offspring” « Ideas and Thoughts
  32. Against the Wind: A short conversation with…Alfie Kohn @alfiekohn
  33. Alfie Kohn: How Not to Teach Values
  34. Two Schools: Which one builds a better bully? – THE DAILY RIFF
  35. Stump The Teacher: I Like to Compete
  36. Figuring It Out: Walking the tight rope of student recognition
  37. Figuring It Out: Don’t Let the Sorting Define You
  38. Burlington High School Principal’s Blog: What About Doing Away With Grades?
  39. Awards at St. Gregory: Changes We are Making to Recognize All Our Students
  40. When Competition Fails Us | Avenue4Learning
  41. Let’s Bring More Students to the Awards Table | Edutopia
  42. Awarding Achievement | Canadian Education Association 
  43. Stump The Teacher: The Stumpies
  44. Success Night | Responsive Classroom
  45. The Matthew Effect Meets the Graduate « The Smaller Office Blog
  46. Parenting is Political: A Grade 6 Graduation Ceremony: Awkward
  47. Mr. Gonzalez’s Classroom – Awards as a Habit
  48. Mr. Gonzalez’s Classroom – Craving Acknowledgement [Revisited] 
  49. What is Intelligence? | The Teaching Experiment 
  50. for the love of learning: Abolishing Awards Ceremonies and Honour Rolls 
  51. Transformer Gramma: Idiots, Losers and Non-Achievers 
  52. Savouring the Ish: Thinking Through the Awards Debate
  53. Awards for All Means Students Still Lose – No Matter How Well Meaning They Are | Blogging Through the Fourth Dimension
  54. When Your Child Receives an Award | Blogging Through the Fourth Dimension
  55. Student Power Rankings | Culture of Yes
  56. Farewell assembly: the farewell to our grade 8′s and Awards | technology4engagement 
  57. Awards, Rewards and The Bigger Picture | www.paulgenge.com
  58. The Need For Recognition: School Award Ceremonies | maelstrom
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19 Responses to Rethinking Awards Ceremonies

  1. Dave says:

    Wow. Awesome list Chris!!

  2. Hey Pal,

    Thanks a TON for pulling this list together and for maintaining it for us. Your thoughts on this issue always force me to reconsider my own practices.

    While I haven’t found a middle ground between ditching awards ceremonies and our current practices that my peers are totally comfortable with, this collection will certainly push us in that direction.

    Rock on,
    Bill

  3. Dave Sherman says:

    I agree that award ceremonies are inappropriate, especially in an elementary school. I now hold a “recognition assembly” at the end of the year instead.

    I am especially opposed to giving “Perfect Attendance” awards. I while back I wrote this post on the topic. I hope you will read it.

    http://theprincipalandinterest.wordpress.com/2009/06/09/the-day-ed-threw-up-in-school-a-true-story/

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  19. Tom Panarese says:

    Great list. I can’t stand school awards ceremonies, but maybe that’s because I once headed up the planning committee for one of them.

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