Day 185 (of 183) Requiem to provincials

Requiem to provincials (as I sit and monitor a last student finishing her assessment and using the ‘extra time’ available)

Here’s to the bubble sheets

The multiple guess responses

That far too often have worked out solutions 

That don’t match available choices

Here’s to the students

Who come in wearing dark glasses

Or hickies or missing needed supplies

Ways unseen to cope with the stresses 

Some waiting for the minimum time

When they can exit the room feeling fine 

Having filled in what they can and the rest…..

Ah well – it isn’t how much time you’ve got as much as it is what you do with the time

Final exams; the great fallacy

That all learning just needs to be facts regurgitated

Memorized for a time but deleted right after 

What do we want to learn vs what will be invigilated 

A standardized program was once the demand

But we know much better now 

So it’s finally time to bid adieu

To all we’ve done just because we’ve done it so

The last provincial exam is written today

What’s next needs to be different(iated)

Not merely a prettier version of the same

So what will we do when end of year assessments are next pontificated?

Provincial exams….a long life they’ve held

But now it’s time for the next generation and version of assessments to grow 

No longer just using one set of Qs for all

The rebirth of how we let learners show what they know

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About technolandy

Educator in BCs Sunny Shuswap Pushing 'technologization' in education: blending technology and curriculum seamlessly. Advocate for better understanding of Anxiety in Education (and use of self-regulation) Utilizing ePortfolios & Descriptive Feedback
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