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A few weeks ago Liam brought home results from the MAP testing he took in kindergarten. Thankfully, I met with his teacher the day before the results were sent home and she told me to ignore them. Also, I don't put much stock in this test that's done on the computer, especially after seeing Liam's lack of mouse skills. (The company should develop the test for iPads.)

Anyway... His test results all read "well below average."

Does a well below average child know the names of every person in a large facility? And also greet them with smiles?

Can a well below average child look at a very over tired mamma and ask, "what's wrong? Are you sad today?" And then follow that up with a kiss and a smile?

Does a well below average child ask his sick older brother how he's feeling? And then offer him the remote so he can pick the next show?

Does a well below average child manage to win a smile from even the most "standoffish" adult?

My well below average child may not be reading books yet (which, by the way I think is a totally inappropriate expectation for his age), but my well below average child has social skills well beyond his years.

And honestly. In the long run... I believe his social skills will serve him better than high test scores at any point in his education.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Well Below Average

A few weeks ago Liam brought home results from the MAP testing he took in kindergarten. Thankfully, I met with his teacher the day before the results were sent home and she told me to ignore them. Also, I don't put much stock in this test that's done on the computer, especially after seeing Liam's lack of mouse skills. (The company should develop the test for iPads.)

Anyway... His test results all read "well below average."

Does a well below average child know the names of every person in a large facility? And also greet them with smiles?

Can a well below average child look at a very over tired mamma and ask, "what's wrong? Are you sad today?" And then follow that up with a kiss and a smile?

Does a well below average child ask his sick older brother how he's feeling? And then offer him the remote so he can pick the next show?

Does a well below average child manage to win a smile from even the most "standoffish" adult?

My well below average child may not be reading books yet (which, by the way I think is a totally inappropriate expectation for his age), but my well below average child has social skills well beyond his years.

And honestly. In the long run... I believe his social skills will serve him better than high test scores at any point in his education.

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1 Comments:

At April 3, 2013 at 7:54 AM , Blogger Caroline said...

It is so nice to hear that a teacher, such as yourself, feels the way you do about being able to read at this age. They are still learning sight words....they haven't exactly learned to put them together yet. Are we pushing our kids too hard these days? My son, same age, gets in trouble, given a yellow card, for fidigeting..which I think is wrong as it is not interfering with his work. Are the expectations placed on our children too high these days? I think there is a lot to be said for social skills...I feel it rounds out person...it is a necessary but forgotten skill.

 

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