4-13-2010 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST
@shellterrell and I were excited to be back at edchat this week after attending the IATEFL conference in Harrogate (only 30 mins away from my home!!). It was a gr8 meetup of many twitter EFL/ESL teachers some of whom are regulars at #edchat!
As ever the discussion for last nights topic was lively and included concensus as well as healthy argument! Here are some of the main ideas expressed.
Should rewards even be necessary in education?
Isn’t success in the job a reward in itself?
How do we measure successful teaching in the first place in order to assign rewards?
Being sent to conferences, asked to make presentations, given recognition might be the best rewards
Given tenure might work as a reward
Having influence over projects or equipment for the class or department as a reward for good work
Funding for training and career opportunities would be a welcome reward for many teachers
Happy, satisfied students who achieve their goals is definitely a reward for a job well done!
Rewards can be divisive and cause problems withing the organisation/team
Success is relative so should we be looking at rewarding it at all
Traditional rewards can often be punishing (extra workloads, responsibilities etc..)
Here are some of the comments
rkiker: students say it cant be based on grades, because teachers will cheat 🙂 also students dont like bonuses, because it makes too much competition and that is not teaching
eduinnovation: What is the measure of “success” that is being used to based the “reward” on? What is a ‘reward” different for many..$$, recognition
cybraryman1: Education costs money, but then so does ignorance. — Claus Moser
akenuam:teachers should be rewarded with respect first and foremost, creative freedom next, and theres always the salary conversation.
flourishingkids: Teachers who give back by mentoring, taking extra training should be rewarded by stipends to study/pursue more learning opps.
ShellTerrell: Why does Edu policy punish tchrs – take tenure, fire, limit benefits? Edu policy pro teachers would be reward for me!
MissCheska: What about giving teachers venue to showcase their good work? Let them present @ conferences, speakers, etc
MZimmer557: we are “rewarding” teachers who use tech by providing tech to them as part of my job…so far it seems to be working. More FLIP use
olafelch: There are already a lot of suggestions for reward, but we are all skipping around the subject of how to measure success.
doctorjeff: There is reward for professional service, personal reward, but fundamentally reward needs to be driven by ed goals.
bhsprincipal: How many teachers work in places where progressive ideas are encouraged? How many work in a place where the status quo is OK?
michellek107: More rewards 4 teachers- districts should publicize innovative and successful teachers more. Rather hear good news than bad.
doctorjeff: KEEP FAITH: We as teachers need to embrace this noble profession & why we joined, even if educational system we work for may not.
MZimmer557: I find this rewarding, chatting with my PLN. Why is it so hard to get other teachers to feel rewarded like me?
ESLlibrary: Teachers of language have more room to be innovative. But does that amount to success hence reward?
j_ashton: Admin. impact on education is magnified both good and bad as they set the stage. Increase # of good admin = Increase # of good tch.
olafelch: Consistent performance over and above the timetable requirements could be rewarded with sponsored conference tickets.
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