I designed the test; not trusting my young trainee to dedicate the time needed to making it a decent, reliable and fair test. As I suspected, he had not planned anything on the morning of, and so I was able to save his bacon by revealing that I had in fact planned it. Of course, I do not like working this way; it is a problem for the local teacher trainee if he is not disciplined enough to follow through what he says he wants to do. However, the fact is that the children still need teaching and he is still learning. So, in this instance it was permissible.
After an hour and a half it was time for the children to hand over their tests. I was surprised that most had accepted their fate with very little in the way of moaning or complaining. The teacher had told them that they would watch a movie, so for them to instead have to sit a test seemed a little unfair. It would likely have produced mutiny in any UK classroom!
Overall, the unannounced test showed that many of the students had taken the information and were able to apply it. I dislike the surprise element of the test if I’m honest; I don’t think it’s all that fair. However, I can see the benefit as we wanted to see what the children had taken in, not what they were able to cram in 2 days before the prescribed test.
NEH Coordinator and Teacher Trainer