Ah! Here it is! The final examinations! Last push for the last hurdle! For most students, the final examinations are the most dreaded and at the same time most anticipated event for any course or subject. It is dreaded because students expects the teachers to give a comprehensive type of exam (covering all the topics from the beginning of the class), or would include very tough and difficult questions, or both. It is also anticipated because this marks the end of classes, and for some this means moving-on with their academic journey or with their lives.
I share these expectations, until I saw the instructions for this final exam. First time— first time to encounter such type of final examinations. Imagine, you provide your questions, formulate objectives and write your own answers. It is more difficult than any student can think. It required me to think a lot, synthesize what I learned from all of the modules in 2-3 pages only! Wheeeew!
The final examination is a challenge, a challenge for me to think and to think more deeply. It made me analyze what I learned for the past several months. I have to go back and review my lessons. It forced me to read more and research more. Honestly, there are a lot of new terms to me this term since we talked about learning, knowledge, theories and epistemological beliefs. I had difficulty comprehending. A good preparation for this examination is the assignment that we did per group. It made me grasp more about the theories.
I chose the preschool application as it is close to my heart. My only child is currently in preschool and I am his after school teacher at home. I supplement the teaching done in school and of course practice what I learn in UPOU’s PTC program.
I am uncertain whether my final examination meets the requirement of our professor. I am not sure if it is something that proves what I have learned so far in EDS 103 or even in my three terms in PTC. But I am hopeful.
I felt a relief doing the final examinations even if it being difficult as I have mentioned. I consider this as a relief because finally the term has come to an end and I have finished another course in PTC. At the start of the term I almost gave up, I saw the requirements in the course and I thought I could not handle given my work and household obligations. But I did survive!
This is it. The last push for the last hurdle. I have crossed the finish line and it is done. The only thing left to do is to wait for the score cards. I am relieved, contented, and moving-on to the next.