Meet Mary Joy Mandane-Ortiz, a mechanical engineering professor at Bicol University College of Engineering in the Philippines.
Two days before an exam, Mandane-Ortiz was scrolling Facebook and saw some photos of “anti-cheating hats” that stopped students from looking at other people’s work, so she decided to ask her student to do the same, she told Almost.
She asked her students to make a “simple” design out of paper, and they accepted the task without any complaints, she said.
On the day of the mid-term exam on the third week of October, the students turned up wearing all sorts of funny and creative contraptions on their heads. .
They truly went above and beyond.
They totally got the assignment.
Mandane-Ortiz said she did not expect her students to put too much effort on making the hats because she knew they would be busy studying for the exam.
She loved the hats so much that she decided to share some photos on Facebook, where her post quickly went viral and was picked up by local and international media.
And the hats turned out to be super effective, she said.
The students finished the test faster and they studied harder because there was an extra challenge,” she said, adding that the hats relieved the stress and pressure from the exams too because they were so funny.
“When they saw the hats of their classmates, we were just laughing. There is no stressful atmosphere. It was helpful in their mental health as well,” she said.
Mandane-Ortiz said she and the students never expected the idea and post to go viral, but was happy to be providing “good vibes” for people online.
“Our students are really happy about their achievements. Because they were appreciated,” she added.
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