Everyone who has ever taught knows the gulf in emotions between teaching a class that wants to learn (a heady mix of euphoria and self-fulfilment) compared to one that doesn’t (a soul-sucking combination of helplessness, frustration and grinding of teeth).It is during the low moments, when everyone struggles, that the most common question is why? Why are we doing this? Why are these rules here? So in this piece, we aim to examine each of these questions and possibly provide some new perspective as there is nothing worse than facing these questions and not having any sort of answer.
The narrative: Tests place unnecessary pressure on students, and most of them don't count towards anything anyway.The counter: You should never worry about a test. Just try your best and try to improve. Tests are just there to help everyone establish where we can get better and as long as we can treat them as opportunities to show off what we can do, then we can get the best out of them.