tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2818334054422432499.post3673676810308778611..comments2016-02-07T21:58:57.086+02:00Comments on Authentic Parenting: The perversive effect of tests, scores and gradesLaura Schuerwegenhttps://plus.google.com/115843456211160623397noreply@blogger.comBlogger1125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2818334054422432499.post-18578012963484518522011-04-25T14:23:59.394+02:002011-04-25T14:23:59.394+02:00I had never thought about testing as being potenti...I had never thought about testing as being potentially something that changes the relationship between a parent and a child. I can see it, though. Recently my daughter struggled with multiplication and division. We tried to help her, and we just gave up in many ways. I figured we'll try again next year when she faces the same types of problems, because in math class they have moved on and she is doing well. I didn't realize I had "written her off" in this area. Yesterday my dad asked her, "If I have a 9 pound ham that needs to be cooked for 25 minutes per pound, how long do I need to cook the ham?" I thought to myself there was no way she was even going to know how to begin that problem. She took out some paper and did first the multiplication to get the number of minutes, then converted that to hours and minutes like a pro. I was so proud of her, then I realized that she will learn in her own time. She did exactly that. When put in a real life situation, she proved that she knew exactly what multiplication and division were and how to use these skills. This is something no test was ever going to show me. My daughter simply needed for these skills to be put into a different context for her abilities to be displayed.<br /><br />Embarrassingly, I am a teacher. I sometimes hold onto those test scores like they are gold. They PROVE that I have done my job and taught the children what they need to know. The truth is, I may not have reached them at the level that my daughter proved to me is yesterday is the important part. She was able to USE the knowledge, not just parade it around like a banner when needed just to be thrown away a few steps down the road.<br /><br />Thank you for reinforcing a concept I learned myself yesterday. Test scores don't mean a thing in the end, and students shouldn't be viewed as their grades. It is important to remember to look at the whole child.Karen Greenberghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12272747678480176988noreply@blogger.com