We attended an awards ceremony at one of our schools this week, and I was struck by how much personal information the teachers were revealing about their students’ academic performances with “most improved” awards.
They had good intentions of praising the children and recognizing how far they’ve come during the year, but teacher after teacher said things like this student was way below grade level on reading and look where they are now. They’ve gone up X reading levels.
It’s a great accomplishment and should be complimented but should the details be revealed in an assembly?
Another teacher talked about a child not turning in homework and getting their act together and doing a great job turning in homework. Again, I’m just not sure where they line is between giving a child praise and revealing too much about their academic or behavioral issues in public.
One teacher worded it better and said how much “personal growth” a student had, which I thought was a much nicer way to phrase it.
So am I reading too much into this? Are most improved awards good to acknowledge growth or embarrassing because you’re revealing a shortfall publicly? Should the student just be given a good spelling award or good reader award without the back story of how far they’ve come?
Would you or your child want it acknowledged in an assembly that they were below reading level and are now above? Is that TMI for a school environment? Should the award just be for being a great reader or a great speller? Or for being an improved reader without specific levels mentioned?