THE TEACHER’S MARKING SCHEMES
Have you ever marked a pile of scripts, with many questions in each?
It really is a massive task,
it’s not easy to just teach.
Teaching goes with marking scripts,
and observing rules of schemes.
In engineering, we analyse frames,
trusses columns and beams.
There are strict rules to allocate marks,
nothing is arbitrary.
The guidelines and marking schemes
are simply contemporary.
Every teacher’s guide with marks,
must correspond with the rest.
A separate score allocation
might not necessarily be best.
In dishing scores and marks,
the paramount thing is uniformity.
Reports and grades from tests
would not consider diversity.
The teacher’s hands are tied,
irrespective of reality.
The marking guides are blunt,
without minding complexity.
I’ve just marked some scripts
and I see that everyone is unique.
But marking schemes don’t care,
they never consider your physique.
Are you a teacher?
How do you ascertain priority?
The student or the script,
shouldn’t there be flexibility?
Marking scripts must have guidelines,
but priorities must not conflict.
A teacher’s guide may not be mild
but a child’s right must not constrict.
I teach with uniqueness in mind.
Scores and marks should inspire.
Teaching should bring out the best,
motivation must not expire.
A Poem written by Nnamonu Tochukwu, to help teachers with marking guides and marking schemes. It will guide a teacher to the right priorities in allocation of marks and reduce the indecision in producing teaching guides. The stress of teaching under pressure and battling with emotional conflicts that come from individual differences and uniqueness can be drastically reduced. Read it through, think it through and decide what to do for yourself.
“Poem; teaching guide for marks” is a relevant tool for every teacher and prospective teacher.