QUOTE(floboe @ Jun 22 2012, 12:45 AM)
QUOTE(BerkshireMum @ Jun 22 2012, 12:39 AM)
QUOTE(floboe @ Jun 21 2012, 04:13 PM)
I am finally free from exams!!!!!
(Well, until next year
Me too! I've done 55 hours of invigilation this summer, and don't mind having no more until January.
Mind you, it's a great deal less stressful invigilating than taking exams!
I have always wondered what it would be like stood there watching, instead of taking the exam... though one of the invigilator's- who happened to be my next door neighbour- phone went off during a maths paper (with quite an embarassing ringtone), not good with a hall full of students that are told at the beggining of the exam to have them turned off in their bags.
We have to be very careful to turn our phones off - in fact, I usually leave mine at home so that I don't forget. There is an enormous yellow booklet issued by the Joint Council for Qualifications which lays down (among other things) everything expected of an invigilator - no books allowed in exams, so your Tuesday invigilator was in breach of the rules!
QUOTE(Swell Box @ Jun 22 2012, 09:46 AM)
QUOTE(CJB @ Jun 22 2012, 06:20 AM)
Ooops. Watching paint dry is quite exciting compared to exam invigilation.
Ahem. Excuse me, there are few things more fascinating than watching paint dry.
For a start, we have numerous drying and curing mechanisms, from simple 'lacquer drying' (which is reversible), to oxidation with atmospheric oxygen, free radical polymerisation in polyesters and cross linking polyols with aliphatic isocyanates in polyurethanes (all of which are irreversible).
Then there are numerous ways of stimulating the drying and cross linking processes, from simple heating to the addition of metal soaps, or in the case of epoxies, by using low molecular weight amines to encourage cross linking at lower temperatures; albeit with an associated risk of amine sweating in cold and damp conditions.
However, sometimes paint doesn't dry at all, and that is when it gets really interesting.............
I do love the way that on this forum the most innocuous remark can get up someone's nose!!
Actually, I find invigilation quite interesting compared to watching paint dry, because it's fascinating to see how people behave under stress. When I was younger I used to think it would be really boring to invigilate, but now I'm in my dotage I value the time to stand and stare, and to think my own thoughts.
Personally, I'd compare invigilating to watching a cricket match, except that there one would be sitting down - you stand for ages watching intently as nothing happens, and then the minute your attention wanders someone is caught out/you've missed the one child this half hour who wants an extra piece of paper! Anyway, there are few jobs where you get paid for doing nothing, and I'm making the most of this one.