School-based assessment a step in the right direction
Recently, school-based assessment (SBA) was conducted at my school.
I was very nervous as I was one of the first groups of students to take SBA. I didn't know what kinds of question would be asked.
Our group was only given six minutes for discussion, which I felt was not enough. Ten minutes would have been better.
I think I didn't do very well. I will work harder to do better in the next round of assessments.
TONY WONG HO-YIN
TWGHs Lui Yun Choy Memorial College
Thanks for your letter, Tony. It's interesting to hear some feedback on SBA. As with anything new, it will take everyone concerned - students and teachers - a while to adjust.
SBA will be mandatory in 2009. I think it is a step in the right direction. I am in favour of taking the focus off exams and having an element of assessment. I think it takes some of the pressure off exams and gives you a chance to show off your skills.
I, too, get nervous before public speaking. I've found the thing that helps me best is to be well prepared. The more I practise what I want to say, the less likely I am to 'freeze' on stage!
Thanks for sharing your experience.