Oliver got his report card last week. He didn’t care about it at all because he was given a certificate by his Grade 2 teacher that identified him as the class’s best #Comedian. Yes there was a hashtag on the award. I asked him who else received an award and he rattled off the girl who won “best behaved” and his friend Pablo who won a technology award. All of the kids won one.
I trolled him a bit and asked why he didn’t win the “best behaved” award. He stopped and stared at me and said, “You can’t be the best behaved one and be hilarious Dad. It doesn’t work that way.” He then walked away disgusted at me.
Wendy went out to Dollarama and bought him a $1 frame to put it in. We framed it up and he asked for it be hung above his bed. Today he asked if I wanted to grab a Coke and come upstairs and admire his award. He is so proud of it.
I love the idea. I have been told by two of his classmates what award they won and both were beaming. Basically all the teacher did was find some pre-made certificates online, download them, print them out on colored paper and then sign them. For his students, being recognized for what they are really good at (like making jokes all of the time) gave them all sorts of validation going into summer and Grade 3. I loved the idea and from what I saw, his students did even more.
He now wants to read joke books all summer. “Now that I am the funniest kid, I need to keep working on it.” Wonderful.