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Receipt of Unexpectedly Poor Marks Process (RUPMaP) May 22, 2009

Filed under: ISPs,Ramblings — penszen @ 9:39 pm

I think Kuhlthau needs to extend her information search process to include the dreadful aftermath when a learner gets an unexpectedly dud mark. This is how Kuhlthau starts it off:

A learner moves through uncertainty, optimism and confusion towards clarity as she seeks relevant information and formulates her focus. After collecting the information she needs with growing confidence, and writing and rewriting her paper until she reaches a level of satisfaction with it, she awaits her results. The assessment phase should bring with it a sense of accomplishment, but this assumes a successful outcome.

When her mark arrives, and it’s pathetic, those weeks of hard work loom large in the learner’s mind and the disappointment and shame merge with anger and resentment. That’s when she moves through the RUPMaP.

There’s globalising, feeling that her very identity is under attack: “I am a damn good [insert profession here], what do they know about me.”

There’s rebellion: “I’m gonna hand in the next assignment and I don’t care if it’s any good. I’ll show them.”

There’s the fight response: “This marker isn’t fair. I did an okay job. I want a re-mark.”

And the flight response: “It’s no good. I obviously can’t do it. There’s no point going on with it. I quit.”

There may even be acceptance: “Well, there are obviously extremely high standards, and I didn’t quite do it right.”

The learner may move through some or all of these stages, and revisit them throughout the process of coming to terms with the dud mark and making decisions about the future.

The process resolves in one of three ways:

  • Pursuit of a re-mark, which leads either to satisfaction or further frustration and disappointment.
  • Acceptance, after which the learner carries on with the course of study.
  • Abandonment of the course, leading to both relief and disappointment.

An understanding of the RUPMaP can provide comfort and clarity to a learner in distress. Allowing the learner to move through stages of the RUPMaP is essential. Blocking the emotional responses that emerge after the shock of an unexpectedly poor mark can be detrimental to the learner’s health. A few drinks can also help, as well as watching some mindless TV.

Good luck to anyone coping with the receipt of unexpectedly poor marks.


Doug Johnson May 15, 2009

Filed under: Information literacy,Teacher Librarianship,Technology — penszen @ 10:49 am

Where oh where did I stumble upon Doug Johnson? Somewhere in the readings, OzTL_NET perhaps? or a link from another page.

Anyhow, he is the Director of Media and Technology in the Mankato Schools (Minnesota) and a consultant, writer and speaker about school libraries and technology. He is pretty funny, as well as wise, and collects library-related witticisms you will want on your T-shirts.

Here is his Internet Serenity Prayer:
Technologist, grant me…
the Serenity to accept that not everything can be found on the Internet…
the Courage to go to the Library…
and the Wisdom to evaluate the information I do find.

On a more serious note, his rubrics for assessing technology skills for teachers are a great way to find out where you need to improve.

Lots more to explore. Bye.


Is it already May 14th? May 14, 2009

Filed under: ISPs,Ramblings,Reading for pleasure — penszen @ 10:43 am

How can so much time have passed since my last blog entry?? Lucky I have some other TL student bloggers out there to inspire me (see my blogroll). I was commenting away till I realised I should be putting some of those ideas on my own blog.

So what have I been up to? Aside from nursing sick children and taking little trips to the countryside, I have knocked over the critical analysis of three information search processes. I know I’ll fall down on the wide reading bit, but I certainly have opinions so there’s no problem with the ‘critical’ bit. I hope. We’ll see. Moving right along. I have a sense of impending freedom and I’m trying not to rush through the work, just to be finished. But ooh, that freedom…

The other thing I have achieved is actually finishing a fiction book, my first in literally months. “The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger (Vintage, 2005) is a great read, so cleverly crafted and skillfully written. I imagine Niffenegger had huge sheets of paper with timelines all around her workspace. I’d love to read about the process of writing that very temporally complex book. (If that’s the right use of that word.) Plus, can I add that saying Niffenegger’s name is a pleasure in itself.

Yes yes I should be writing something about the course, but I just feel a bit rebellious this morning. So I’m off to play lexulous online. Ha.