I recently attended a college’s award ceremony for faculty and staff. I was impressed with all the categories of awards.
I’ve made up some awards that I would like schools to give. These awards will not be given to just one teacher but to any teacher who does any of the following:
Focus their students’ learning on the standards
Spend more working with students than lecturing
Diagnose students’ learning problems instead of just giving grades
Give specific feedback that actually help the students to move forward in their learning
Keep cumulative records of students’ strengths and learning gaps in a specific learning goal
Celebrate their students’ standards-based learning successes
Transform academic learning into real world learning
Invite parents and other experts in the classroom (physically or virtually) to share their wisdom about a learning goal
Involve the students in meaningful community or global projects that truly make a difference in other students’ lives.
Empower students to feel that they are capable of being successful
Share the learning goal, assessments, and success strategies with other teachers
What other awards would you like to schools to give?