Putting yourselves in the panels’ shoes was first published on 1st July 2014. Here it comes again, with a few addendums and changes…to wish you all the best of lucks and to tell you, my dear students and fellow-teachers, that I’ll be thinking of you tomorrow, 23rd of June, and that I hope you’ll bear in mind the things we have commented in class and which boil down to:
Put yourselves in the panels’ shoes!
I know you are all stressed out…
First the 2nd Bachillerato’s final exams and now going with them to the University Entry Exam. Then the final exams for CSE and 1st Bachillerato, and this year the September exams in June… your exam, tomorrow and then, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday you have the final assessment meetings. And You risk so much…
…Have been working hard
You have been working hard for over two years, finding time when there is none, after long hours of teaching, preparation, correction, planning, coming to classes, revising the topics, the syllabus…
So, I’ve been thinking…
what can I do, what can I tell you which may be of help?
I thought I could put together some of the links where I have given you tips on the exam:
I realised that the best piece of advice I can give you now is
“put yourselves first in your students’, then in your panel’s shoes”… always remembering what the other party does, what you expect from them, what it feels like to be in their shoes. Remember what if feels like trying to read something which is not coherent, is plainly memorised without showing understanding, or has an impossible-to-read handwriting? Exactly!
You are in the best position to do it. So, use your many talents and make the best of the great advantage you have.
We are teachers, so… we are learners
As we keep saying “learning is a life-long process”. Have a brief break. Hope you enjoy Taylor Mali’s
What teachers make
One last word to:
- Those candidates who took the exam in Catalonia and have already finished the process: I’d love to hear your impressions about the exam, the type of questions you were asked and how you feel about the exam in general.
- Those who are starting tomorrow, I’ll try and get back when the marks for the first part are published.
And, to my students: See you next week. Tomorrow, I’ll be at your side. Thanks for being with me this year. I have learned with you and I am truly grateful to you. All the best to you all.