I am most proud of my scribe badge. I like all the other ones, but (to me) the scribe one was the hardest to earn. I loved it so much I felt like telling everyone. Too bad half of the people I told didn't "get it."
Either way, woo hoo!
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OK. The truth is that every "award" makes me feel like I just brought home a paper with an "A" and a foil star at the top, and my mom has put it on the fridge. I know that educators have to learn how to see their hard work for what it is without expecting someone to tell them they're doing well. Compliments, then, are especially nice.
Any kind of pat on the back is the very best feeling. I do watch my points sometimes just to see where I fit in, but I think I was really excited to become an Editor Emeritus. It kind of sounds like a title the Wizard of Oz might have given the Scarecrow—I think it sounds cute. (Gee whiz…) I also see it as a sign of doing something I really enjoy long enough that someone says, "Good stuff."
I have to admit I don't pay a lot of attention to badges, but when I got to the Editor Emeritus level, I realized how much work I had done over the course of the previous 15 months, and how many students I had helped. So that gave me a bit of pride.
I am only a few questions away from Editor Emeritus, so today that is the most important. I, too, covet (but just a little) the scholar badge. Maybe one day....
Of the badges I currently have, I am most proud of the scribe badge. I would really like to earn the editor emeritus badge, but this semester has been a whopper, and I haven't been answering questions as I did in the past. So, when I earn that one, I'll be especially proud.
I would have to agree with mwestwood that the scholar badge (like the distinguished editor badge) denotes the most honor because it is discretionary rather than quantitative.
There is one badge that is not based at all upon quantity, and only a few people have it. This is the scholar badge; and, this badge is, therefore, most meaningful of all. It is the real blue ribbon. Scribe is also a quality badge, although it does involve number.
I would like to have a scribe badge too, unfortunately in my area of expertise the chances of this happening are slim. It was an honor to be included in the top ten editors.
Badges apart, it feels great when my response is chosen for a bonus. Students can be satisfied with a response that resolves their queries but to see that a peer reviewer also feels the response has quality pushes me to give it my best, in spite of the extra time that it requires.
Personally it is the Expert badge that gets me going. I really enjoy the expertise that it gives me with a particular book, text or subject and I like the fact that you get repeatedly answering questions in a particular group acknowledged. I too, like #5, would like to be a Scribe, but to be honest I don't have the time at this stage of my life.
I love them all, but it's especially fun to answer a question or post to a discussion and have a new one pop up. I aspire to be ranked among the scribes one day, when I am able to find the time to actually write beyond what is necessary for my classroom and students. It's nice to be recognized for achievements.
I am always excited about new badges, but when the badge is from a book I especially love it is more important to me. Some of these books don't have much activity, so earning a badge means a lot to me. I am a full time teacher with very little free time, so every badge is of value.
I love every new 'award' equally - and I also tell anyone who will at least feign to listen! I have finally made it to the top 20 of Associate Editors and can't wait to get to be an Editor. I really like the Expert categories too as they give me a bit of faith when teaching that particular text.
I'm happy to have reached the Editor Emeritus status and my ranking among the Top 12 eNotes points leaders, and I'm hoping that I can still find enough time to eventually crack the Top 10.
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