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Have you ever won a teaching award

Discussion in 'Personal' started by msuxg, Nov 20, 2015.

  1. msuxg

    msuxg New commenter

    There's a huge variety of teaching awards up for grabs (take a look here for some examples: http://rsc.li/1LqaPiH).

    Have you ever won one or been nominated? What did it mean for you?
  2. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    I'd rather have a decent wage to look after my family, the respect of my community and a pension which means that I don't have to get a paper round when I retire.
  3. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    What Vince said...
  4. aspensquiver

    aspensquiver Star commenter

    What they both said.
    Dragonlady30 and lanokia like this.
  5. aspensquiver

    aspensquiver Star commenter

    The very idea of "awards" is cringeworthy. In addition, the idea that such awards are probably fixed is pretty annoying. Not exactly up for grabs really - if you take the time to think about the way the system works.
    Lascarina likes this.
  6. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Nominated? Moi?

  7. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    I have a vague memory being told my Headteacher vetted who was put forward for awards...

    So brown nosing is one way forward.

    As I say, a vague memory, not sure how true.
    aspensquiver likes this.
  8. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    No awards, but the appreciation of my team, who made me a book that they all wrote in, full of memories and compliments. Better than any award and a cherished possession.
  9. lexus300

    lexus300 Star commenter

    For the dedicated teacher/lecturer, the work in the classroom is its own reward. The rest is just a facade.
  10. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    I was nominated for one the first year they ran, in a rather specialised category relating to something in my subject area that only I dealt with. It certainly wasn't the 'All round 26 hour a day superhuman good egg and friend of small furry animals' category. I made it to the final 40 then lost at regional level to the person who went on to win it nationally.

    What did it mean to me? Posh fish and chips at a regional award event at the local city hall, having to make tedious small talk with the Chair of Governors instead of being able to relax and enjoy myself, watching some has-been regional TV equivalent of Troy McClure announcing someone else had got it, and receiving a runner's up certificate in the post a few weeks later. It made no difference at school - I don't recall many colleagues commenting either way, and nobody told the local rag although it may have made it into the school bulletin at some point. I certainly didn't gain any promotion from it, the subject capitation stayed the same, and nobody's ever referred to it in an interview.

    I have to confess to feeling a little bit chuffed about the recognition for my efforts, regardless of anyone else's view about the morality of it. Those who disapprove of such frippery will be delighted to hear that it never happened again.
    msuxg likes this.
  11. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

  12. Primary_RE_teacher

    Primary_RE_teacher Occasional commenter

    Teaching awards. Oh yea! Best Teacher award from my students! I got a mug and everything!;)
    nomad and cuteinpuce like this.
  13. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter

    No. I've won several awards since leaving teaching though.
  14. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Beat me to it, @Primary_RE_teacher
  15. Yoda-

    Yoda- Lead commenter

    Things to do:

    Teaching awards.
    Pat the nice teachers on the head.
    Make us look good in the media with little outlay.

    Give the Plebs 1%

    Become Prime Minister.

    Loose "too Normal" tag.

    Practice my hypothesis. ...
  16. TCSC47

    TCSC47 Star commenter

    I'd like to thank my school for giving me the opportunity to be here tonight, and I'd like to thank Helen on reception for listening to me going on about my year 9s non-stop. I'd like to thank my family for putting up with me moaning about the job non-stop as well. I'd like to thank my mum for giving birth to me. Oh -- and I'd like to thank the guy that puts the jam into the middle of doughnuts.

    I'd like to thank--------------- Oh B0ll0cks to this award business. What a complete waste of time and money when there is so much to get on with. Awards are complete rubbish, serving no purpose other than nights out for the people who manage to get themselves onto the organising committees.

    Just because the self serving entertainment industry has created this puerile past time to hype themselves into the media, doesn't mean that we have to prostitute ourselves in the same manner!
  17. Primary_RE_teacher

    Primary_RE_teacher Occasional commenter

  18. Cervinia

    Cervinia Occasional commenter

    The award for worst teaching awards goes to... (Drum roll please)... TES.

    Managed to recognise the efforts of:

    A complete bully who celebrated/boasted about an entire turnover of staff from when they were appointed.

    Congratulations TES, what fine judges of character you are.

    Wish I could go into more detail.
    Yoda-, aspensquiver and lanokia like this.
  19. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    I have awarded you a Like for that post.
    aspensquiver likes this.
  20. cally1980

    cally1980 Established commenter

    Wow, awards! Now I'm incentivised to give even MORE to this profession! Who cares about the children, I want a SHINEY!

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