Bammy awards

Really Good Reason # 2: Who Needs a Bammy Award?
Written by Errol St. Clair Smith
Monday, 07 April 2014 22:33

Within five seconds of pushing the button announcing the opening of the 2014 Bammy Awards season, I was reminded of why working on this annual initiative can be so rewarding and fulfilling. William Chamberlain was the first to make a nomination this year. (Thanks,Will!  Big ups to you, Will.) His nominee is Paul Bogush, an educator who was not on my radar screen, but who apparently is doing some pretty amazing things with lesson plans. Paul has an exceptional blog and is being followed by some of the educators I deeply respect. So I decided to drill down on Paul and the more I read the more impressed I became.

I discovered that Paul is truly doing some leading-edge work with his students, his school and his community. I found this on his Linked in profile: Paul is “one of the pioneering content teachers to blog full time with all students, video conference with students and business leaders from across the world, podcast, use Google apps, Wikis and Twitter, live broadcasting of class activities, Genius Hour and 20% time, and publish student work with their real names.”

He also received grants to acquire technology to record the oral history of the town’s senior citizens.There’s much more, but we’ll let you discover that on your own.

As we worked this year to further refine our definition of the ideal Bammy Award honoree, two phrases emerged that really said it all: world-class collaborator and world-class contributor.  If it takes a village to educate a child, then those who are master collaborators, who reach beyond the walls of their classrooms and buildings to engage with educators around the world and who make contributions above and beyond their job descriptions, are role models for the 21st century educator.

I was sufficiently inspired by just reading about Paul’s passions and contributions, thrilled to have discovered a gem (thanks again, Will) and delighted as I mused about how many more people might learn about Paul as a result of his nomination. “We’re doing meaningful work,” I thought. “This is really cool!” But then I saw the post from his wife and it took me to a whole new level.

The sentence that grabbed me was, [Paul is] “continually developing himself as a person and a teacher - and then creating and sharing with educators worldwide. Award or not, Paul Bogush will continue on - changing lives each day - but, a Bammy would provide encouragement and affirmation for when he finds himself swimming alone in the current riptide of ‘reforms.’"

Over the years we’ve bumped into a pretty pervasive notion in the education community, which holds that educators don’t need validation or affirmation. It’s a curious position given that most every educator I know is adamant about the need to validate students (and they go to great lengths to do so).  Candidly, I’m not sure at what point human beings stop needing affirmation but my gut tells me the answer may be never. What I do know is that the people who live with our educators see what they go through and when Paul’s wife tells me that a Bammy Award would provide him affirmation when he really needs it, I believe her and am inspired and encouraged that the Bammy Awards can indeed make a difference in the lives of educators.

 

 

Profile Information

Application afterLoad: 0.000 seconds, 0.88 MB
Application afterInitialise: 0.020 seconds, 6.48 MB
Application afterRoute: 0.025 seconds, 8.17 MB
Application afterDispatch: 0.055 seconds, 16.63 MB
Application afterRender: 0.072 seconds, 18.06 MB

Memory Usage

19057984

19 queries logged

  1. SELECT *
      FROM jos_session
      WHERE session_id = '68883ce31d62d5ebadaa826f78ad89db'
  2. DELETE
      FROM jos_session
      WHERE ( TIME < '1516205097' )
  3. SELECT *
      FROM jos_session
      WHERE session_id = '68883ce31d62d5ebadaa826f78ad89db'
  4. INSERT INTO `jos_session` ( `session_id`,`time`,`username`,`gid`,`guest`,`client_id` )
      VALUES ( '68883ce31d62d5ebadaa826f78ad89db','1516212297','','0','1','0' )
  5. SELECT *
      FROM jos_components
      WHERE parent = 0
  6. SELECT folder AS TYPE, element AS name, params
      FROM jos_plugins
      WHERE published >= 1
      AND access <= 0
      ORDER BY ordering
  7. SELECT setting,VALUE
      FROM jos_jfbconnect_config
  8. SELECT m.*, c.`option` AS component
      FROM jos_menu AS m
      LEFT JOIN jos_components AS c
      ON m.componentid = c.id
      WHERE m.published = 1
      ORDER BY m.sublevel, m.parent, m.ordering
  9. SELECT template
      FROM jos_templates_menu
      WHERE client_id = 0
      AND (menuid = 0 OR menuid = 205)
      ORDER BY menuid DESC
      LIMIT 0, 1
  10. SELECT a.*, u.name AS author, u.usertype, cc.title AS category, s.title AS SECTION, CASE WHEN CHAR_LENGTH(a.alias) THEN CONCAT_WS(":", a.id, a.alias) ELSE a.id END AS slug, CASE WHEN CHAR_LENGTH(cc.alias) THEN CONCAT_WS(":", cc.id, cc.alias) ELSE cc.id END AS catslug, g.name AS groups, s.published AS sec_pub, cc.published AS cat_pub, s.access AS sec_access, cc.access AS cat_access  
      FROM jos_content AS a
      LEFT JOIN jos_categories AS cc
      ON cc.id = a.catid
      LEFT JOIN jos_sections AS s
      ON s.id = cc.SECTION
      AND s.scope = "content"
      LEFT JOIN jos_users AS u
      ON u.id = a.created_by
      LEFT JOIN jos_groups AS g
      ON a.access = g.id
      WHERE a.id = 1119
      AND (  ( a.created_by = 0 )    OR  ( a.state = 1
      AND ( a.publish_up = '0000-00-00 00:00:00' OR a.publish_up <= '2018-01-17 18:04:57' )
      AND ( a.publish_down = '0000-00-00 00:00:00' OR a.publish_down >= '2018-01-17 18:04:57' )   )    OR  ( a.state = -1 )  )
  11. UPDATE jos_content
      SET hits = ( hits + 1 )
      WHERE id='1119'
  12. SELECT
                    published, params
               
      FROM
                    jos_plugins
               
      WHERE
                    element = 'jreviews'
      AND folder = 'content'
      LIMIT 1
  13. SELECT VALUE
      FROM jos_jreviews_config
      WHERE id = 'debug_overrides_disable'
  14. SELECT catid
      FROM jos_content
      WHERE id = 1119
  15. SELECT
                            COUNT(*)
                       
      FROM
                            jos_jreviews_categories AS Category
                       
      WHERE
                            Category.OPTION = 'com_content'
                           
      AND
                            Category.id = 105
  16. SELECT j_user_id
      FROM jos_jfbconnect_user_map
      WHERE fb_user_id=''
  17. SELECT id, title, module, POSITION, content, showtitle, control, params
      FROM jos_modules AS m
      LEFT JOIN jos_modules_menu AS mm
      ON mm.moduleid = m.id
      WHERE m.published = 1
      AND m.access <= 0
      AND m.client_id = 0
      AND ( mm.menuid = 205 OR mm.menuid = 0 )
      ORDER BY POSITION, ordering
  18. SELECT *
                           
      FROM jos_menu
                           
      WHERE menutype='topmenu'
      AND published=1
                           
      ORDER BY sublevel DESC,ordering
                            ;
  19. SELECT *
                           
      FROM jos_modules
                           
      WHERE published=1
                           
      ORDER BY id
                            ;

Language Files Loaded

Untranslated Strings Diagnostic

None

Untranslated Strings Designer

None