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Usually I abide by a no-work-emails-past-8pm policy, but when I received word one night that the 2015 Fishman Prize winners were coming to our office, I immediately responded with unbridled enthusiasm:
I AM FREAKING OUT!!!!!!!!!EVERYONE MUST GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!CURRICULUM DIRECTORS MUST GO!!!!!! M&E!!!! FELLOWS!!! KCPE!!! SCHEDULER!!!! PRODUCTION!!!!EVERYONEMUSTGO!!!!I don’t even believe in sending work emails at this hour but this time it’s worth it.MY TEACHER HEART IS HAVING A HEART ATTACK.
After the panel discussion, I stuck around to gush. A colleague mentioned to Stephanie Sun that several weeks prior I had posted this write up about her, Surprising Ms. Sunshine, in our office kitchen. I spoke to Erin Dukeshire, who had clearly listened when I spoke about some of the benefits and challenges of scripted instruction. She recommended a beautiful book, Puzzling Moments, Teachable Moments.
Overall, I think great teachers are worth celebrating. I’m sure no one would disagree with that. However, often times when we recognize the great ones it gets clouded by statements like, “We appreciate the great work of XXXX teacher, and the great work of all of our teachers.”
The problem with statements like that is… all teachers don’t do great work.
Just like every musician doesn’t do great work.
Every athlete doesn’t do great work.
And that’s why I believe in teacher prizes.
Because not everyone wins.
Not everyone is an MVP.
I follow teacher prize winners like some people follow professional athletes. Because whether it’s Carli Lloyd, Misty Copeland or Nancie Atwell, it’s inspiring to watch and learn from people who do great work.
If you know a great teacher, consider nominating him/her for a prize: