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Bammy awards

Blog 2015
MYTH #3: The Bammy Awards Don't Make Sense
Written by Errol St. Clair Smith
Thursday, 01 May 2014 00:00

We've decided to start a Myth Busters Page so that you can quickly fact check claims made about the Bammy Awards. As inaccurate claims are brought to our attention, we will publish the correct information here.

MYTH #3: The Bammy Awards Don't Make Sense

FACT: The 2014 Bammy Awards season received 378 nominations; 100 to 300 new registrations a day; 11,521 votes cast; a total of 602,001 page views; and, at its peak, 88,573 people just hanging around the site checking the nominations, reading the comments and being inspired.

This year we added something new: a test to confirm understanding of the Bammy Awards. 332 visitors took the test. The average score was 85.18% out of 100.

Conclusion: The message in the data is clear: the overwhelming majority of people understand what the Bammy Awards are and what they are not. Further, there are tens of thousands of educators for whom the Bammy Awards not only make sense but who value the initiative enough to actively participate.

Why some people don’t get the Bammy Awards

I've spent a considerable amount of time musing about this. But speculating about such matters is risky and foolhardy, and I'm convinced that any wise person would avoid this sort of endeavor altogether. We proceed...

The following is my short list:

  • We've done a really poor job of explaining the program.
  • Some hold fixed ideas that preclude the ability to see what the Bammy Awards really are.
  • Some are parsing words, sentences and concepts to the extent that the meaning and intent are lost.
  • Some are attempting to apply education pedagogy to a public pedagogy problem.
  • Some are looking at the Bammy Awards as a solution to a professional problem versus a PR problem.
  • We've done a really poor job of explaining the program.
  • Some are committed to the immutable idea that anything that looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck must be a duck and should be eaten.
  • Some are searching for flaws, finding them and concluding that the whole program is incomprehensible.
  • We've done a really poor job of explaining the program. (Did I say that already?)

We hear a lot of talk these days about change agents, being the change, thought leadership and thinking outside of the box. Regretfully, what we often see is that "outside of the box" ideas are met with vehement efforts to force them back into boxes we already know and understand. This of course is not new. Every novel idea must get over the inertia of established ideas and pass through the gauntlet of the now ubiquitous "connected critics" before being widely accepted.

We press on...

 
MYTH #2: There is only one "right way" to honor educators.
Written by Errol St. Clair Smith
Thursday, 24 April 2014 16:00

We've decided to start a Myth Busters Page so that you can quickly fact check claims made about the Bammy Awards. As inaccurate claims are brought to our attention, we will publish the correct information here.

MYTH #2: There is only one "right way" to honor educators.

FACT: In the last 30 days, two exceptionally committed and passionate educators that many of us know have left their schools for good. The negative narrative around education and the discouragement many educators feel is massive, far-reaching and requires a multi-faceted approach. If significant numbers of educators feel uplifted, encouraged, validated, honored, supported and inspired by any program, the program is, by definition, contributing to the solution.

We support every single program that is having a positive impact on this problem to any degree. The notion that there is only one way to solve this problem is a myth. The notion that any positive contribution should be dismissed is misguided. People who are feeling honored should not be made to feel ashamed or duped. Spending time disparaging programs that are giving people hope and making a positive difference is questionable.

 

 
Myth Buster: Fact Checking the Myths and Misconceptions About the Bammy Awards
Written by Errol St. Clair Smith
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:00

We've decided to start a Myth Busters Page so that you can quickly fact check claims made about the Bammy Awards. As inaccurate claims are brought to our attention, we will publish the correct information here.

 

Myth #1: The persons with the most online votes get on the short list for a Bammy Award; ergo, the Bammy Awards are a popularity contest.

Fact: The online public voting is called the Educators Voice phase of the awards process. As the selection process page explains, "Securing the most Educators Voice votes *does not* guarantee inclusion in level II screening." (the short list)

The "popular" votes collected during the online Educators Voice phase of the process only ensures that those with the most votes will get *noticed.* Only Academy-nominated educators are guaranteed consideration to be on the short list and can be on the short list even if they have *zero* votes. In fact, no public votes whatsoever are required to make the short list or receive a Bammy Award.

So why have a popular vote at all? The purpose of the Educators Voice phase of the process is to "crowdsource" significant contributions happening across the education community that are below the radar or entirely offline. Secondarily, this phase encourages public validation, public support for educators and public sharing of the good things happening in education. Once these stories surface, the educator involved *may* receive an Academy nomination and be included in the Bammy Awards voting. But this is by no means assured.

 


 
What Does Your Bammy Awards Vote Really Mean?
Written by Errol St. Clair Smith
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 20:14

In the 15 days since the 2014 Bammy Awards nomination period began, 300 educators have been nominated, over 2,000 votes have been submitted, and between 175 and 300 new people are registering to vote every day. It's really encouraging to see all of the educators who are taking the time to acknowledge and support their peers, staff, members of their personal learning networks (PLNs) and educators whose contributions they respect and admire. Some amazing contributions to the field that have been flying below the radar are being uncovered and shared.

Apples and Oranges

The one thing that still surprises me is the confusion about what the Bammy Awards are. It's the old apples and oranges thing: if it's a fruit and it's round it must be a....

Turns out that even some people whom we were pretty sure understand the "Spirit of the Bammy Awards" may not. So even as votes are streaming in, we couldn't help but wonder how many people are truly clear about what their vote really means. That's how we came up with the idea of creating a quick, five-question online test that would give each voter an immediate "Spirit of the Bammy Awards" score. (Does anyone else see the irony here?)

The Spirit of the Bammy Awards: Real or Fiction?

The Spirit of the Bammy Awards is palpable, powerfully inspiring and immediately recognizable when you see it. Here are two great examples -- one from principal Jim Detwiler and the other from student Paige Woodard.

What's Your Spirit of the Bammy Awards Score?

The spirit of the Bammy Awards score will give you a measure of how well you understand what your nomination and votes really mean. It may also help confirm whether participating in the Bammy Awards is right for you.

Below is a link to take the test. Your score will give you confidence that you really know what you are supporting. In addition, a really high score will get you into any organization, private club or eating establishment that would have let you in without it! So have some fun, take the test and get your score immediately!

 

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