Recently I had the opportunity to represent TIDE (Taree Indigenous Development and Employment Ltd) on an interview panel at Chatham High School.
The aim of the Authentic Assessment interviews was to give the students the opportunity to reflect on their learning and to gain much needed interview skills. Panels were made up of an industry representative, a staff member and a Year 9 student.
The experience allowed the students to reflect on their work in Year 10 and to analyse what worked and what they would do differently next time. This was a particularly useful experience at this time as the students are about to enter senior school where both the workload and the rigour of the work start to increase exponentially.
The students my panel interviewed were honest and reflective and it was obvious that they were well prepared for their interviews.
With part time and casual jobs being very competitive in the local area, it was also a really useful exercise for the students to have to dress appropriately and present themselves to the panel.
Whilst most of the students were initially nervous, they relaxed as they started to speak and realise that they were actually very proud of the effort they had put in to the pieces of work that they were presenting.
I was particularly impressed by what a supportive program it was for the students and by how the staff were so very generous in their support of all the students, but in particular those that were a little intimidated by the experience.
Teachers do so much to prepare our students not only for further education, but in giving them skills for life. This exercise was a wonderful example of the staff and the students working together to gain real world skills.