Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Now I Have Failed, I Can Help Others to Succeed

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Now I Have Failed, I Can Help Others to Succeed

Article excerpt

"You've got about 30 minutes to make your moving toy," announced the tutor. "Off you go."

I pretended to be fine but inside I was beginning to panic. As part of my primary teacher training, I was in a classroom that was set up as a design and technology lab. The enthusiastic tutor had described our task in detail, but she may as well have been speaking a foreign language - I didn't have the first clue where to start.

My anxiety increased as I realised that my classmates were all beginning to construct their toys, whereas I had made no progress.

I roamed the room, eyeing my peers' creations with a mixture of awe and envy. My confidence levels began to plummet. I felt clumsy, incompetent, a joke.

I started to mess about, twisting bits of wire into funny shapes, rolling wheels across the table, trying to make my friends laugh - anything to alleviate the pain of knowing that I was a failure.

After what seemed like the longest half hour of my life, the tutor told us that our time was up. I had nothing to show. My heart pounded as she moved about the room, exclaiming over some of the students' marvellous working models. …

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