The words can swim before your eyes
In a sea of letter soup.
But focus, please
And read those bloody words.
I hope you won’t look back
And wish you’d taken precious time
To write about the things they asked
And not the things you think you want to read.
The students in our school are sitting mini assessments this week so that teachers can see where they are doing well and where they need to brush up.
Today I sat in an English one and I wanted to bang my head against the wall.
The teacher got the students to read the extract and not write anything. She gave them a whole ten minutes to just sit and read and digest the piece and consider how they might answer the question at the bottom of the page.
She then gave them 20 minutes to write their answer.
At the end of the assessment, one student agreed to have their work put up on the screen so that the rest of the class could see what they had written.
Admittedly, it was really brave of the student to offer up their work and I applaud him for that.
After ten minutes of focusing on reading the question, he had evidently not read the question.
For me, it was infuriating to see that he would have lost half of his marks because he didn’t read it properly. I wanted to pull my hair out, given that they had been told to READ IT CAREFULLY.
Apparently, it happens regularly. The teacher told me that the vast majority of them will have written about the wrong thing.
It just got me thinking about how many times people lose out or fall out or get angry or sad for no reason at all. People always read want they want to read and they need to just slow down.
If I can give you one bit of advice today, it would be to slow down. Make sure you understand before you react. You might not be losing marks in an exam, but you might lose people or opportunities.
So just slow the fuck down!!!!