This week I thought I’d show that I practice what I preach!
I’ve struggled a bit recently – for time (cue inner cries of “I’ll never get this all done!”) – and to actually get my head around an external marking task.
I’ve been marking 121 Year 12 Writing Test Trials because the opportunity to get trained and get practice in marking yet another type of exam was just too good to say “no” to
But it’s shown that (as we all know really) a deadline pushes us to work harder and faster, especially when it feels like you’ll never get it all done!
Moreover, it’s proven that a clear structure and professional training can turn any task that feels a bit fuzzy or brings uncertainty and even a little confusion into a clear, simple and repeatable system.
The way I like to share the love is to provide a lot of free tips, resources and training to all the parents out there who want to help their teenagers get happy, smart and successful.
So I thought I’d remind you of what I currently have available in the hope that if you have something somewhere that you haven’t gotten around to checking out yet, then you might go dig it out and who knows, perhaps it’ll have a small but oh so powerful nugget of gold that could help your teen.
PLUS!… I’ve set a goal and I’d really appreciate your help!!
Here’s the link I promised to my Term 1 Parent webinar!…
Many parents I speak to who’ve enrolled their child in the 10 Week Grade Transformation Program tell me – “they don’t want their friends to know they’re doing your program”.
Which, by the way – means there are some really amazing success stories that you’ll never hear about for this very reason!…
I get it.
As a teenager – I was wired to be a good kid, I naturally wanted to please my teachers and parents and was brought up to do my best. But I was fairly shy (yes – really) and I definitely didn’t want to put myself ‘out there’. I just wanted to blend in.
But you know, I think there is more to it than not wanting to be labelled a geek by classmates or being laughed at for actually choosing to work hard and achieve good grades.
I think there is an element that is present in all of us that makes us reluctant to share our achievements or goals. Hear my thoughts in the video.
Exams have regularly come under criticism for being an unfair way to test students’ knowledge and understanding of subjects.
It’s certainly true that when it comes to ‘showing what they know’, some students find the exam style of assessment really tough.
My take on it is this:-
Rather than focusing on exams being a way to simply test KNOWLEDGE, or even getting angry at the testing system, we need to look at exams as actually assessing a range of SKILLS that are involved with successfully sitting exams (not just subject knowledge).
If we do that then we are well on our way to viewing exams more positively and constructively.
We all have things we (maybe secretly) ‘geek-out’ on, right? Things that are super-interesting to us, things that we get excited or on our soap-box about when we get going on them! Politics, literature, tech-y stuff… pokemon???!
For me, my not-so-secret confession for an obsession most would find dull is exam marking.
Here is how and why I got so obsessed with this and how your teen can benefit from my geek-y-ness!