decision making for markers - eg teachers and lecturers
As I sit in two camps - that of university tutor, and shiatsu practitioner - I ponder on both, and may provide a particular bridge in view. New Year's Day and marking a bunch of student scripts. I often, and these are no exception, find it almost agonising to decide on how far an assignment meets the criteria set by a module team. And deciding on a mark can feel challenging. I fear missing something and giving a very high mark to a script which has for example missed the point of a question.
So, what I often wonder is how shiatsu treatment may help improve this situation. I am drawn to think about the Wood Element, which incorporates the Gall Bladder meridian - good for decision making. Could it be that receiving a treatment of this meridian and Element would make my task easier. I might feel more able to discern a script quality and thus to decide on a mark. Talking of discernment actually leads me on to think of Small Intestine (part of the Fire Element) - physiologically apparently about sorting what to take in and what to let go - so perhaps my Small Intestine and Fire Element would benefit from focussed treatment, which might also make my task easier.
I found myself hearing insecurity in my voice in my first paragraph - how can I feel more confident in what I do? There is certainly and element of knowledge and preparation which are important and requires background and graft. But what about the Water Element and Bladder meridian - good for courage and confidence? Perhaps work on these would help too.
I would certainly love to try it - both as a received/ marker, and as a giver/ practitioner for anyone interested. Could that be you? Get in touch if you would like to explore further.
I have both science and and anthropological training and experience, and am aware how whacky these Five Element ideas can sound; however, my experience has been that in some strange work they can seem to work. I'm curious to explore further - how about you?
Dr Catherine Scanlon is a science tutor and shiatsu health practitioner. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss further and see website at www.shiatsuhealth.com for background information.