Thursday, October 16, 2008

Teachers' writing exams?


Foreword: This blog is a purely personal opinion which does not in any way intends to undermine the authority or question any ones capabilities. The blog does not knowingly or unknowingly intend to hurt any ones sentiments.

During the recently concluded mid-sems a very strange question was put up by one of the invigilators as we were about begin writing our exams,

‘While we write our exams, why doesn’t the teacher who made the paper write the exam along with us, under same circumstances?’ .

At that time I was not willing to answer it because I had to write exam without letting the horses of my imagination run wild. (any way I couldn’t have answered it as question paper just has knocked me down and I had to channel my resources towards the joint effort examination, to keep me afloat)

Just think over it for a while..... I realized why not?

Now before I say anything further, I want to make it very clear that my intention is not at all to question the knowledge of the teacher nor do I doubt his capabilities, but wouldn’t it be of great help for the students that they would get to know what exactly was expected from them and at the same time provide an answer to their usual grievances that paper was too lengthy or too difficult etc. Moreover the teacher is their through the entire examination duration as an invigilators.

Another thing that came to my mind was, of late quite a few universities displayed the answer sheets of the toppers in public, so that other can understand what was expected and how different was their answer. Such initiatives can be of great help for the students.

Most of the prestigious universities have mechanisms for the assessment of teachers where, they are assessed by the students, with an intent to enhance teacher student co-ordination so both students as well as the teachers understand each other’s aspiration, compatibility expectations.

7 comments:

sukanya said...

hmmmm.....thats a very innovative idea...but teachers mite take it on their ego...coz however u put it...u are in a way questioning their ability...the idea of a model answer sheet is good, no doubt...but i supp discussions with the teachers (when they show the ans sheets) do suffice...

vijit said...

dear sukanya such a question was raised by a teacher himself, and as far as hurting ego is concerned i already wrote the foreword about it cleary explaining i dont intend to question their capability.

sukanya said...

see...if a teacher is discussing the paper with u...nd telling u ur faults...nd telling wat the ideal answers shud be...then according to me that shud be enough...but actually sitting nd writing a paper with the students...that too for a subject they themselves have taught...is demeaning...(to me it is)...its like...having to prove themselves...in competetion with the students...

sukanya said...

u mite nt "intend to question their capability"....bt in a way u are...

smart primate said...

Agree with Sukanya on the part that teacher writing the exam with us would be demeaning. Come on, they are not absolute crap,are they? They would know the answers obviously. Getting a model answer script should be enough.

As far as the teachers' evaluation goes, yes, it should happen in my opinion. I just fear how many of them will pass given what the students feel about them in our institute. :P

Rajeev said...

vijit, i thin you are one of the better bloggers of ISM. the topics that you choose are really relevant and thought provoking. and your delineation of these topics are apt and to the point. i have started following your blog only recently and i liked almost everyone of your posts. good work!

Vijit said...

dear rajeev thanx for ur appreciation. its of you people only that give me courage to write what i feel like.