The ALWAYS Factor

6 Feb
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When I taught in primary school we had a weekly *achievement assembly*. Traditionally this was where academic success and successfully *modified* behaviour issues were rewarded with a certificate and applause standing in front of the school.
Both ideas have their place in society yet it troubled me.  What about all those children who are overlooked and undervalued just because they do what is expected all the time?
If those children were not present in the class  teaching would be practically impossible!I decided to begin to acknowledge this category of people as my *Always Children*  The assembly came and the Head called out two previously unnoticed children, with a quizzical expression I was invited to say why they had been nominated.
The staff and many *regular* standers looked at me as if I was nuts when I praised them individually for being reliable and trusted class members ALWAYS doing what was expected.

Something interesting happened. Some slumped children in the hall sat a little more upright. The children named looked stunned but began to glow.  I did this every couple of weeks.  The overall confidence and personal achievement of ALL class members began to improve as they recognised each other’s value.  Other teachers began to use the idea too.  The morale in school was better.

How many people are there in all walks of life who are overlooked and undervalued just because the attention seekers or the high flyers are the ones who seize (sometimes literally) the spotlight of recognition?

What is the point of NOT acknowledging those whose contribution is the hub of any organisation’s ability to function smoothly?  Why does our society not recognise their value?  I look around and see many *ALWAYS* children who are now adults. You are vital people.

Thank you… ALWAYS  xx

Jules 🙂
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5 Responses to “The ALWAYS Factor”

  1. Policeconomics February 6, 2014 at 9:40 pm #

    A profound and insightful article – we would all do well to learn from this!

    • julieanneda February 6, 2014 at 9:41 pm #

      Thank you… I had a few organisations in mind especially yours! 😉

  2. Stephen Grinstead (@HumGrin) February 7, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    What a good idea. One of the things I have learnt in Scandinavia was the importance of all members of society, because for example, without a well functioning renovations department or banking fraternity or transport system etc etc society can’t function 100%. So yes praise the winners in society, help the less gifted, but also recognize the the true fast servant who greases the wheels and makes our society work. Well done Jules!

    • julieanneda February 7, 2014 at 11:53 am #

      Thanks Stephen… I always value your comments x

  3. Suzy May 11, 2017 at 3:52 am #

    Braililnce for free; your parents must be a sweetheart and a certified genius.

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