The return to the presence in some cases found the students a little more unmotivated than usual. So many months of virtuality in education led to some discouragement that was difficult to overcome. From that place of empathy “for everything that had happened during the pandemic this year and a half” is that Daiana Amores, a young Biology teacher created her own grading system based on memes and stickers. In turn, the video in which he shows how he does it on TikTok already has more than half a million visits.
In “Don’t sing victory” we rescue this beautiful little story of a 25-year-old teacher who began to correct the work of her students with memes and stickers recognizable by all. Daiana Amores is from Entre Rios and there she teaches Biology, Jazz Dance and will soon also have the title of Professor of Chemistry. Without a doubt, teaching is everything for Daiana.
The idea came from another teacher. “I already used memes in power points and so on. But then I saw a video on TikTok of how a teacher rated his students by putting memes. So it seemed good to do the same a bit.” To carry it out there was a preparation. “I put together a Word with all the images, I sent them to print, I cut them and in addition to the traditional evaluation of correcting what was right and what was wrong and placing the corresponding score for each slogan, I added the meme” explained the teacher Loves.
The objective of the teacher from Entre Ríos was that “if the exam is a moment that can bring frustration or tension, then the idea is that this changes. Then that when receiving the evaluation they can take it with humor and they can laugh and that those errors can be taken in another way as something more positive and more enjoyable. “
Although it is certainly innovative, there is an aspect of this rating system that has been around for a long time. Many years ago when there were no memes, stickers, gifs and not even emojis, teachers also managed to put “a bit of wave” to the grades of tests and student work. “When we were kids, the lady would correct you with a stamp or draw you a little drawing too and now with other contexts memes are used. So you have to keep updating and implementing new strategies.”
As a Biology teacher, he had a double challenge in 2020. On the one hand because the virtuality in a subject with many abstract concepts imposed a challenge and on the other because it was in charge of explaining what the coronavirus was. “In some way the covid-19 thing came in handy because I was just explaining about cells so it gave continuity to the issues.” As for virtuality, “it was a long and complicated process because many links were broken and we know that in adolescence this complicates a bit,” explained Daiana.
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