Last week while cruising through my Facebook feed I was stopped dead in my tracks. I’m not sure if it was because the video post was so ‘bright’ on a gloomy Sunday afternoon, or if was just so perfect, overwhelming, and joyful, no matter what the day, time or weather.
A friend of mine just told me about her son’s report card versus his PARCC test scores. He’s in seventh grade and after a slightly bumpy start to seventh grade, he’s adjusted well and the report card reflected that with 4 A’s and 3 B’s. However, his PARCC scores, from tests taken in the spring of sixth grade, were quite dismal in comparison.
Recently, a new Young Rembrandts franchisee told me something awesome about her son’s university… Virginia Tech instituted a rule where all notetaking was to be done by hand. No laptops. No keyboarding of any kind. Just good old paper and pencil. (I assume pens are allowed. Haha.)
The school year is coming to an end and what a crazy ride it has been. Go ahead, take a little time to relax and rejuvenate. You’ve earned it.
But don’t take too long of a break. If summer days are consistently lazy – a significant amount of what went into building your child’s brain during the school year will start to leak out. I have just the thing to prevent this loss.
Standardized tests are designed to measure a small part of your child’s ability- tests measure the kind of skills and knowledge that happen in left side of the brain – everyone has those skills, but for some visual kids those skills may not be very strong. What can you do at home to take some of the stress out of this time?
Why do we expect art technique to be intuitive? Can you imagine going to statistics class and having the professor say – explore? Look at these numbers. Read these new problems and give it a go. Try and figure out how to make numbers do that. No explanation. Not even a text book.