I remember the day when I went to attend one of the Super Sunday workshops (Super Sunday is a language support workshop for the facilitators who did not perform well in language assessment). Although not a facilitator anymore, I was learning alongside. During break time, a facilitator, who was once my student, came to me and inquired softly, “Sir, how come you are also a part of Super Sunday? I thought that it was only for ‘weak’ facilitators so I don’t know why I have been nominated for this workshop.”
I wondered why people see the assessments in so many different ways? Why people have such strong arguments against self-improvement – believing that they scored poorly, they have been asked to attend Super Sunday. I went to attend this workshop with a thought that it is meant to make me identify the skills I need to acquire and how to improve them.
Imagine, a man walking on the road falls into a heap of garbage. Should he get up, brush off the dirt and continue to walk, or should he continue lying there now that his clothes are already dirty? This is so relevant in our education culture. Thousands of students just stop trying after having failed an evaluation. Whatever be the reason, be it peer pressure, stereotype thinking, it is quite evident that the perception we have developed over the years about failure, lacks a growth mindset.
In 1997 when Steve Jobs took over the company he had cofounded, the company was in deep trouble and lacked direction. Three years later in 2000, Jobs had turned Apple completely around.
Did Steve Jobs use magic to turn the company around? Hardly. He and Apple just went back to the basics.
When I identified that I needed to brush up on my skills, I nominated myself for Sunday Language improvement workshops. Who doesn’t want to relax on Sundays? There were multiple reasons to not nominate me for these Sunday workshops, but a reason to improve was above everything else.
Language assessment is one of the most important feedback tools in FEA. It is time to provide feedback, recognize quality performance and set expectations for the overall growth. It is also a time to have candid conversations about your areas of improvement and how performance can be improved.
Enhancement of language skills through these wonderfully guided workshops makes for an enthusiastic, reflective and responsible facilitator. The facilitators pass on these learnings to their students who in turn employ them as they learn how to be capable, self-motivated, independent, lifelong learners.
There isn’t a set formula to help you improve your skills but constant efforts will take you there eventually.
Associate Manager- Audit and Support