Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Timed Tests in School- More Test Anxiety






Time Tests = Extra Test Anxiety
I got my daughter’s second quarter report card and four of her grades went down. This is quite upsetting for me because I didn’t hear one word from the teacher that her grades were going down until the damn report card.

After researching it I found out everything is fine but her test scores are bad.
When I was in school if you failed a test you had to take it home and have a parent sign it, and when I was struggling my mother heard from my teachers. Going from an a to a c- is not normal. So needless to say I am really angry today about American Education. When your child starts to flounder in school isn’t the teacher’s job to help them and inform the parent that there is a problem? You know BEFORE the report card is issued?

Sure SEP conferences are coming up…AFTER the grades are final, where I get a lousy ten minutes to go over all my child has done the past three months, but I digress.

With my eldest I know some of it is all the changes going on here, she had similar issues after her bio dad left. The difference was:  THAT teacher seemed to give a shit and contacted me as soon as she noticed Monkey’s grades dropping and we were able to get her back on track.

Then I find out that Monkey is failing tests, I thought public schools now looked for symptoms of text anxiety. My daughter tells me she feels sick to her stomach before a test and sometimes the tests are timed so she spends more time worried about the clock and finishing then she does getting the answers right.
I hate tests to begin with since I don’t feel that they accurately represent how well my child understands concepts…more like how well my child can barf them back on paper.

So what good is a timed test actually doing for my daughter? I find the answer to be a whole lot of nothing.

Article on how timed MATH tests don’t help

Articles on why Standardized tests are unfair

Tips on How to Deal with Test Anxiety
http://www.studygs.net/tstprp8.htm
Be prepared
Be Confident
Be Comfortable
Don’t Cram
Be Relaxed
Take a Snack
(These are all great if not impractical or impossible to do/control)

Does your child have Test Anxiety? Here are some symptoms
Sweating
Shaking
Rapid heart beat
Nausea
Dry mouth
Fidgeting
Test avoidance
Depression
Anger
Low Self esteem

Though honestly I think the whole education system needs a rework, where tests are not a big deal, teachers are paid more and a happier more relaxed environment is created. I guess the school system needs more money, if only the government were not doing stupid things like spending money and time on anti-abortion bills, and put money back into the economy by oh… making pot legal and taxing it like cigarettes.



                

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

2014 All about Me....and You?





2014! I am so sorry I haven’t put anything up here in a while….it has been a crazy last month, what with wedding details,  packing up Boo and slowly moving him into my house, cutting my negative sister out of my life, the holidays and my two adorable daughters.

So I am going to start this year with something kind of light and possibly a bit humorous. It’s a getting to know you survey and I recommend all my fellow bloggers do the same. We rarely have time to really introduce ourselves to our “friends” in the blogaverese, so here is a good chance to.

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? 
Yes Renee Dimera from Days of Our Lives


2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? 
Today while watching The Holiday

3. WHAT DO YOU THINK DEATH LOOKS LIKE (GRIM REAPER STYLE MAYBE?)

I think he is a very hot guy so that I won’t really care he is coming to take me to the Underworld. 


4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
Roastbeef

5. WHEN YOU OPEN UP YOUR MUSIC PLAYLIST WHAT IS THE FIRST SONG?

Eat It by Weird Al

6. IF PICK UP THE CLOSEST BOOK TO YOU, TURN TO PAGE 69 WHAT IS THE FIRST SENTENCE

“I lay back down on the bed and had a couple more contractions” 


7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? 
My mother says it is my second language

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? 
Yes, though with their size I shouldn’t

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
Maybe- my dad has

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? 
Oooh, tricky… Count Chocula, Frosted Mini Wheats… So many!

11. WHAT WAS THE LAST TV SHOW YOU WATCHED 
Chopped

12. WHEN WAS THE MOST PAIN YOU HAVE EVER BEEN IN
When I miscarried at eight weeks

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? 
Cookies and Cream

14. FAVORITE MOVIE 
Jurassic Park

15. FAVORIE COLOR 
Orange, red and black

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? 
Weight and temper.

17. FAVORITE BOOK

Jurassic Park

18. LAST PERSON YOU KISSED?
Like in romantically? Boo, but in just a kiss? My four year old.

19. LAST THING YOU SAID
“I can’t put Barbie’s earring back on her…it’s broken” Ah the adult conversations…

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
A crossiant

21. SOMETHING YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO 
My wedding shower Saturday!

22.FAVORITE SONG
Underpressure by Queen and David Bowie

23. FAVORITE SMELLS?
rain on the side walk, Pleasures by Este Lauder, Roses

24. FAVORITE TV SHOW

Dr. Who 

25. IF YOU COULD VISIT ANYWHERE, WHERE WOULD IT BE
London

26. If you could paint a picture of any scenery you’ve seen before, what would you paint?


A cemetery at night



27. HAIR COLOR? 
Almost black

28. EYE COLOR? 
dark brown

29. If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?

Vincent Price




30. What do you miss most about being a kid?

Not having to work

31. What was the first thing you bought with your own money?

A big T-Rex from Jurassic Park.

32. What story does your family always tell about you?


When I was like two or three my mom was buying me cold medicine and the sales clerk asked if I was sick and I said, “No I have AIDS!”

33. How now brown cow?

My daughter says chocolate milk comes from a brown cow. (Is that a good enough answer?)



34. What dead person would you least want to be haunted by?
Ummm Ted Bundy, as much as he interests me I wouldn’t want him lurking around, half my friends meet his MO

35. List 5 people you know. Then describe each of them in 5 words.

Boo: brilliant, perfect, bookworm, self-conscious, good

Turtle: country, selfish, loyl, kind, dreamer
Monkey: emotional, energetic, sweet, pink, smart
Evil Child: sadistic, bright, funny, beautiful, trouble
Mom: solid,steady, fun, wise, majestic


36. If you could have one superpower, which would you choose?
Necromancy

37. Would you be willing to eat a bowl of live crickets for $40,000?
Hells Yes

38. You can cast any actor now alive to play you in a film about your life. Whom would you cast in the role?
Shannon Doherty.

39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? 
Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin

40. What is your favorite animal?
Bats and Cats




Have a great rest of your week!