Competition for cooperation

       It has a name the crime of testing learners at school. Do the tests really seek to evaluate the learners’ competences? Teachers can answer you, no. There is a big problem. This problem is the outcome of the failure of measuring the students’ competences since the early stages of school. The so called “the school of success” has failed dramatically. It allows the students from one level to the upper one without checking if the kids are ready or not. When they get to the baccalaureate level, they find out, they have been dragged to a trap. To be able for a student to get the Bac. Degree, they have to be efficient enough to answer exam papers in History, Geography, Philosophy, languages, math, physics, natural sciences and more. However, the background knowledge of these students do not permit interacting with these school subjects all at once. Some of them even have difficulty writing their names accurately. Most of them cannot know what the instructions in exams tell them.

            There must be a kind of paradigm shift to suit these learners’ type and learning strategies and capacities. You think you are smart enough to understand what the kids need. Wrong! You … sorry, we all have no idea what this generation is like. However we must try not to give in. This generation is particularly dependent in every side of their lives, so why then shall we exclude study. They are dependent on their mobile phones, and they rely a lot on what the internet tells them about what they need to know. In a word, you are dealing with addicted generation. Well, this addiction case can be treated in a way to make it positively affecting the learners when testing exploits the bright side of being a student who can do nothing without technology.

Two heads are better than one

        As the students are keen on working in pairs to feed from each other, they form this false concept about themselves, that the others are always better, why don’t we let them work in teams so that each one of them regains self-confidence and cooperates seriously to accomplish tasks. This kind of tests is more beneficial for both the learners and the school they belong to. They can work together to improve their abilities, skills and independence. Tell them what to do, but let them care about how to do it. Certainly working together allow them to be depression-free and then creativity is boosted through cooperation to give competition a new look. The learners should learn how to compete to improve their cooperative style for the betterment of results. The learners will understand and feel the importance of their individuality in the group. They start to compete positively. They indirectly encourage each other to be better than what they were before the contest. This is a new learning strategy which will become a habit afterwards. Individual tests have proven a failure in the age of technology. Students cheat openly thinking that it is their right to help themselves “recall” information. No one tolerates this kind of tests anymore. Variety in skills and competencies surely enrich collective tasks. If the group cannot come out with something original, it means that the group has no diversity in skills and that is the outcome of old school system.

 

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