So, I know I have not written for a good while, but there is a good reason:
March 12-16 Spring Break (I was chillaxin’)
March 19-22 Practice for our Standardized Test (Boooorrring!)
March 26-30 Take our Standardized Test
There’s only one school post in there. So, between Monday and Friday my kids took 11 standardized tests!
On Monday, everything got off to a crazy start due to unforeseen circumstances that I will not bore you with here. The point is that I wasn’t able to give any last minute tips or conduct a small review for the kids. We just had to start: they took Vocabulary, Word Analysis, and Reading Tests. Most of them didn’t need the help though; they remembered all of their strategies.
On Tuesday, things were much more normal, and I was able to remind the munchkins about some tips for completing the listening section as well as the language section. Only some of them used those tips, but oh well. I did all I could do. And some of those listening questions were hard! Like, so hard that I was confused just reading it. We’ll see how they did…
On Wednesday, the kids took math concepts and math problem solving. I was so nervous about the math concepts test because we have not even touched on graphs, charts, and time yet. Some of the kiddos got confused along the way, but that’s expected if you haven’t learned the material, right?
On Thursday, the kids took math computation and social studies. Math computation has a timed section, and I was proud, beyond proud that all but two of my munchkins finished the timed section (they are not expected to) and all of them finished the first-grade-level problems. Woo hoo! Social Studies was also sort of a gamble, since the historical figures, information about safety etc. could be simply a different set of facts than the ones asked about on the test. Fortunately, the kids made it through pretty well.
On Friday, the final day, they took the science test and the sources of information test. Most of the kiddos did fine on the science test, but some of the kids weren’t able to translate their knowledge of science into the answers to some of the questions that weren’t straight-forward or those that asked them to combine facts from multiple disciplines. Oh well. Then, in the sources of information test, I watched in horrid fascination as one of my brightest students lost total focus and got EVERY SINGLE QUESTION WRONG on one section of the test AND I COULDN’T DO SAY ANYTHING. Thankfully, things improved sharply after that.