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Offline John Bishop

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Do you have Awards Programs?
« on: July 05, 2003, 01:48:03 PM »
Do you have a awards program at your school?  If you do, please describe it.  
Also, please tell us your feelings, pro or con, concerning awards programs.

At my school I give 4 annual awards at the end of the year.  
These are: 1. "Student of the Year"
                  2.  "Most Improved Student"
                  3.  "Ohana Spirit"
                  4.  "Best Attendance"
I give these awards to the 3 groups I have, "Beginner Youth", "Int/Adv. Youth", and "Adults"
The first two awards are selected by the instructors.  The "Ohana Spirit" award is based on sportsmanship, friendliness, and helpfulness.  The students vote for this award.
The "Best Attendance" award is solely based on class attendance.  If there are ties, then they all get this award.
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Re:Do you have Awards Programs?
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2003, 10:06:17 PM »
Currently, we do not have an awards program.  What is it that you look at for student of the year?  

How long have you been doing this and do you feel in comparision to when you were not doing it,  has it changed or motivated students to train harder?  

I think it is OK if it hasn't, I just wondered.  Seems like it would be great for helping to develop a family environment among students.  When my husband came to my first belt test many moons ago, he was impressed with how close we all seemed to be with one another.
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Re:Do you have Awards Programs?
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2003, 12:32:29 AM »
Actually, Mell: This is the first year I'll be doing it.  For many years I've been invited to other schools annual parties, and picnics, and most have included awards presentations.  I always thought it was a good idea, but put off doing it untill this year.  It's just another incentive for the students to work hard and develop a strong sense of team work and family.
As to "student of the year" we're going to consider several things, like strong work ethic, good attendance, helpfulness to other students and instructors, good behavior, time in the school, etc.  
We'll see how it works out, but the students are really looking forward to the end of the year party and awards.
John Bishop  8th Degree-Original Method 
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Re:Do you have Awards Programs?
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2003, 04:36:32 AM »
 8)     Yes, we do give out awards, but we try not to let it get out of hand.  We want all the kids to know that this is a team/group effort and it's important to attend each class.  It takes all of us working together to make up the whole.  But those who do give that extra effort, make the commitment to come as many of the classes as possible, deserve to be recognized.  So there is a 'best attendance' award.
     Before we go on, we need to clarify that we only give them out in the kids and teen classes.  We feel that giving a 'most improved-type' of award out to adults is a bit patronizing.  And as for 'best attendance', well with adults -vs- jobs, overtime, spouses, kids, etc. it's not the easiest thing in the world to achieve, why throw it up in their faces.  When it comes time for testing, that's when they'll see how important it is to get to as many classes as possible.  The belt advancement is the best reward of all!  Hey, maybe we're wrong, but in 35 years no one has complained.  
     We have these 4 awards at the end of each year;
1. Best Attendance {self-explanatory}
2. Spirit - {1 student from each of the 2 classes who
    puts forth that little extra enthusiasm, that energy
    and drive which makes a good student, an outstand-  
    ing one}
3. Mind - {the student who demonstrates that it takes
    more than just being in class physically to make a
    great martial artist, you have to be mentally prepared
    as well. Your mind needs to be stimulated as well as
    your body}
4. Body - {that student who has made that extra
    attempt come to class, prepared to work hard and
    train hard. One who has shown by their continued
    improvement each class that they practice whenever
    they have the chance.

     One more 'award' we have, in order for anyone to perform in the demonstrations we give annually {for the past 28 years in a row} at the local County Fair, they have to have attended a certain number of classes, made it to as many special practice-sessions as possible and have a good attitude both in and out of class.
Thanx
Emil & Betty Bautista