Here we go again! Another test is underway and our children are anxious. Not the day-to-day tests, mind you, but the big ones… standardized tests.
Our children’s biggest concern is never in taking the actual tests, but in letting us down. They are anxious about missing the mark. Wow! Interestingly, these ideas are completely of their own making. We, as their parents, have been very clear about this having no bearing on their grades, their advancement, or our relationship with them. This is simply a test to see how well I do as their teacher. This is more a testing of my own ability and our current resources, than of their skill.
To help ease the apprehension, we took a few important steps to make testing run more smoothly:
Test taking is never a fun experience, unless you are testing out chocolate, but with a little care, it can certainly be less stressful.
Am I worried about the results? Not at all! Again, this isn’t a pass or fail; this isn’t about meeting someone else’s standards. This is about discovering areas which might need a little strengthening and perhaps adjusting our routine to better meet their growing needs.
Time to Chime In: Is it SAT season in your neck of the woods?