Today I thought I would give my students a proactive approach to their mock exam result. They were given their papers back, equipped with the mark scheme on a computer (see I’m environmentally-friendly too!) and told to add more to their answers until they were perfect answers. While they did that it gave me the opportunity to speak to people one-on-one for personal feedback.
You’d think that they’d be glad of the opportunity to read the mark scheme and improve their answers. But no; I am so naïve it turns out. Instead they just messed about chatting. I moved students, I shushed them and still they weren’t working. Then someone from senior management came in a yelled at them. It was annoying to be a bit undermined but on the other hand they were wasting their own time.
After the lesson I got to thinking about it. Why should I get so annoyed with them? It makes me quite annoyed that so many people are applying pressure to me to ‘get results’ when really, I can’t force the kids to write. There is a limit to what I can do. I am happy in my own mind that I have provided them with ample support and opportunities to maximise their marks. However when it comes round to results day there will be plenty of stakeholders letting me know that I have let them down and not done enough because, when it comes down to it, what is enough?