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Sunday, December 18, 2016

First Mock Geisel on Guessing Geisel


Mock Awards can take many forms. All have varying levels of similarity to the committee experience, and many adhere to the criteria to the degree that they can. We’ve discussed on this blog some of the ways to adapt the mock award experience for working with students, and in the future we'll be covering some of the ways that mock awards can serve as professional development opportunities for librarians and teachers.
The actual Geisel Committee will have two full days to discuss and deliberate face to face in January, and will have spent the previous year reading, rereading, reviewing and assessing, observing beginning readers, and preparing their suggestions and nominations.
For most Mock Awards, participants may not have read all of the titles under consideration. If they are able to gather in person, it is often for no more than an hour or two, or their discussions may be spread out over the course of many weeks or months. If they are not able to gather in person, that component of face to face discussion is missed entirely.
But we’re going to do it anyway, because the more closely we can examine the criteria and mimic the balloting process, the more insight we have into the process. We come to see how only one honor book might be awarded in a given year, or how six honors might be chosen. We see how it could take multiple ballots to determine a winner, or how it might be settled after the first one. Only seven people in the entire country will actually know what happened in the room in any given year, and they will never tell. But by mimicking the experience, we develop a keener sense of how things might develop behind those closed doors.
Not to mention, it’s fun!
Sample Ballot from the Geisel Manual
Our Guessing Geisel Mock Vote will be conducted as follows:
  1. At the bottom of this post is a list of titles, to which we invite you to add your suggestions and nominations. Comment and tell us what excellent contenders are missing from our list. Or, make an argument for your favorites already included.
  2. A first ballot will be live from January 1st–7th. To mimic the voting process of the actual committee, you will have room on your ballot for three titles. A first place vote will be worth 4 points, a second place vote 3 points, and a third place vote will be worth 2 points. It's not required that you have read all books to participate, although we recommend reading as many as possible and reading reviews here and elsewhere. Check out Travis Jonker’s 2017 Geisel Award Predictions post for an additional take on some of our contenders. We are open to the possibility that we, just like the real committee, may have a clear winner after a first ballot, in which case we'll stop there and announce our results.
  3. If the first ballot does not produce a clear winner, we’ll conduct a second ballot from January 7th-14th. The real committee would keep going until they met the criteria for determining a winner, but we will stop after our second ballot and determine our winners.
We invite you to join us for this virtual Mock Geisel, and hope that you’re enjoying this first year of Guessing Geisel as much as we are. 

2017 Mock Geisel Contenders 

5 comments:

  1. Hope everyone also considers David LaRochelle's This Is NOT a Cat.
    Rob Reid

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  2. Honored my 'Real Poop on Pigeons' is in such good company. Though I'm allergic to cats, I am very impressed by Brendan Wenzel's 'We All Saw a Cat.'

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  3. Next week my first and second graders will be voting on:

    WE ALL SAW A CAT
    DUCK, DUCK, PORCUPINE
    BEST IN SNOW
    WE FOUND A HAT
    GOOD NIGHT, OWL
    OWL SEES OWL
    The Cookie Fiasco
    We Are Growing!

    I think we will cap it at eight. Thank you, Amy et.al. for your help with this. I love the blog.

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    1. Hi DaNae,

      What a fantastic shortlist for your 1st and 2nd graders! Please let us know what they think and who your winner and honors are! So happy that this blog has been helpful.

      Best,
      Amy

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  4. I just tallied up the votes. Or the chips. I used colored poker chips to cast votes, as in the past some of my younger students have been stumped by the numbering system.

    The first two books were only eight points apart, the third floated midpoint, with the remaining five grouped at the bottom, all within twenty points of each other. So even though one more class could have flipped the medal I think I will go with two honors, just cause it's good to spread the love.

    Medal: DUCK, DUCK, PORCUPINE

    HONORS: WE ARE GROWING!
    COOKIE FIASCO

    (I do believe Piggie and Elephant will leave a lasting impression on this generation)

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