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This is probably why I shouldn't be a teacher [May. 6th, 2008|12:14 am]
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Any of you who've talked to me in the last while may have noticed that I have a final year project to finish and writeup by midnight on Thursday. For those of you who know me, it'll be no surprise when I say that it will be going right to the wire. I may even play a cheesy Iron Maiden, about 120 seconds before the deadline. Such things are natural and are the way of the world, no matter in what state my scalp might be.

This is probably less of a surprise to those of you doing arts - you guys actually have to plan. For a lot of computer scientists, the project is the meat of the work, and the report is just an afterthought. The unfortunately minor hiccup is the fact that this world view is not shared by the faculty; they believe it to be a far more integral part to the project. Another hiccup is that, unlike people who are used to writing, it does not come as naturally as one might expect. People with degrees that involve essays know this right to their bone - it still comes as a surprise to myself and my colleagues.

While moaning about this to a friend, he tried to reassure me saying that at least it wasn't an exam. Truth be told, I'd prefer an exam, and then I realise what I'd probably do if I were to have students under my supervision for a similar project: I'd give them an exam. I'd ask them all the questions that I would think should be answered, and then I'd put them in an exam situation, forcing them to put things to paper and to start thinking about what needs to be written. The pressure of time and other things would help them marshal their thoughts to paper, and would become a useful starting tool for them.

Of course, the sane bit of me is thinking, "This is why you shouldn't be a teacher". The other bit of me is thinking, "This just might work". I'm not sure who I'd believe.

Sadly, all this post is really doing is acting as a tool for procrastination, and I'll never be in any way able to help educate people if I can't get this bloody thing done, but it's still a thought lingering in my head, and would love to hear anyone's thoughts on this.

[User Picture]From: niall_o_bhrion
2008-05-06 09:55 am (UTC)
It's an interesting idea. Shame you can't apply it to your report. Draw up a list of goals and objectives to be achieved in the form of questions and use them as a guide for putting to paper what you did. Anyway good luck with the report. Hope all goes well and you get the chance to sleep lots for several days after :)
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[User Picture]From: deadlybuzz
2008-05-06 10:08 pm (UTC)
Interesting idea.

I aggree about report writing, writing my thesis was much harder than an exam, there is something wonderfully anonymous about an exam for the most part and you also dont have to write about something YOU did. You get to be a critic instead of a 'covering my ass-er'.
My only advice is start concluding now and DON'T put ANYTHING irrelevant in. If you putting it in you should know exactly why. This is advice is more of a reflection of me then you.
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