actually memorable – it was a spinach, raspberry, carrot, avocado mix.
I am not supposed to write about students and how they did because this would be a breach of confidentiality. Everyone who took the test passed their spine test. And everyone passed their overall exams. The results of each student’s test were posted on a white board, along with their name. It was like watching election results being posted. The students all did everything together – it was a very collaborative class so this seemed fitting.
I was ultimately very proud of them because this was a difficult task. They had seven practical exams and each one challenged them in a differing way. I was not that impressed with the examiner who was an administrative bean counter. She was out to fail students, not pass them. This as opposed to being out to pass students and not fail them. Yes, being an EMT is a very important job and people’s lives are on the line, so evaluative standards have to be rigorous. But rigor and gate keeping don’t need to be synonymous terms.
My overall experience in sitting in on this class and then today, being a patient and an assistant, was a real eye opener for me because I learned so much about teaching and about the evaluative process. Would I take this class? Most likely not. I am the sort who would view it exclusively as a challenge rather than as a future employment opportunity. I suspect that next spring, when it’s offered again, that I’ll be doing other things. I’d like to think that I have a book contract in hand and am finishing up a manuscript.
You just never know. This is all I know.