Testing, Testing, 1-2-3

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This week, the girl participates in her first annual testing session since we’ve been homeschooling.

It is less a test of her abilities and more a measure of my prowess as a teacher.

I’m a bit nervous. Possibly more than she is.

I actually had trouble sleeping, which is not unusual, but I don’t usually worry myself awake. Most nights, my brain spins stories or posts destined to never see an audience because I fell asleep halfway through.

Before we adopted, I didn’t understand when my friends bemoaned their children’s test anxiety. You’ve heard the phrase “pulling out my hair” in frustration…I’d never seen it in action until one of our little friends showed up with no eyebrows. He was anxious about testing and pulled them out, bit by bit. (There’s a disorder called trichotillomania, but they ruled that out and said it was just…

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  1. Great post! We start our state testing next week- I teach in the public schools. I am not a huge fan of all the testing, but the data does help teachers to plan better. It also helps students in that it reveals those who may need either academic support, or more challenging material. The testing is used to “judge” teachers as well, and unfortunately, that part tends to be illogical to some extent. Part of my rating as a teacher, comes from the testing performance of students I don’t even know. There is a lot of work to be done in the world of testing. I wish you and your daughter a happy testing time🙂

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    • I agree–I even explained to my daughter that the feedback from the test will help me plan her learning for next year, but I don’t think she believed it. 🙂
      Using the overall picture (grades throughout the year, testing, etc.) would make so much more sense, but of course that would be too much work and realistically would be difficult to measure.
      Thanks for being a teacher—the school system definitely needs good ones!!

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