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This Week's #PTChat: Are Awards Assemblies Good for Kids?

By Joe Mazza

ptchatDuring this week's Parent-Teacher Chat (#PTchat), we'll discuss the "Awards Assembly," as for many of us, this event is fresh in our minds.

Our school has done an End of Year Awards Assembly for many years, but in recent years, my staff and I have noticed some commonalities that we need to hold more parent and teacher conversation on. After reading some of the resources shared by elementary principal Christopher Wejr (@MrWejr) on his "Rethinking Awards Assemblies" page, in particular "Death of An Awards Assembly," it might be time for more parents and educators to talk about the pros and cons of this event. Depending on the school, this event occurs between 1-8x per year. What are the benefits? What are the downfalls? Elementary versus secondary? Now's the time to begin thinking/planning/fine-tuning in preparation of the 12-13 school year. 

Join us this Wednesday, June 20th at 9PM EDT / 6PM CST for #PTchat, where we'll discuss Awards Assemblies in great detail. All #PTchats are archived here for your easy review. 

New to Twitterchats? After logging on to Twitter, visit Tweetchat and simply enter "ptchat" in the box at the top. Follow along and participate as you as much as you like to join others around the world in this weekly chat. We look forward to engaging your unique and important parent and/or educator perspectives.


Posted on June 18, 2012 by Joe Mazza

Joe Mazza is an elementary principal at Knapp Elementary School in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is also a doctoral learner at the University of Pennsylvania studying technology's impact on home-school partnerships. You can follow Joe on Twitter @Joe_Mazza and participate in a weekly #PTchat (Parent-Teacher Chat) he hosts on Wednesdays at 9PM EST. He also writes a blog aimed to share innovative family engagement ideas for schools called eFACE Today. 

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