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...And the AWARD goes to...

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My daughter and I were talking today about school award ceremonies; she expressed how she thought they were silly: "Did one need to be given out for every subject? Who needs an award in PE...PE?"  Hey, I remember getting an award in PE as a student and feeling I deserved it.

As a teacher and coach, I have handed students awards for a variety of reasons. I have always struggled with this process. For several years, I honored students with an award for the subject English. The rules were to pick one student for the sake of time. (If you have ever sat through those hot, packed gymnasium  award ceremonies, you would agree--until it is that moment your child is being recognized and you want time to stand still.)  I got around the rule by picking one from each grade level I taught at the time: 7th through 9th.    I complied, but it was still difficult. I wanted to personally go to each student that I didn't select to proclaim, "I'm sorry; you deserve an award, too.&qu…