Daily Archives: April 1, 2010

Administering The Test

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I spread the California Achievement Test (CAT) out.  It has 5 parts – 3 Language Arts and 2 Math – and B took it over Monday, Tuesday and today.  This was the same as the tests I took in elementary school.  You know, those old “fill in the bubble” tests.  Ahhh, we truly didn’t know how good we had it back then!  Oh to be back when the worst things I had to worry about were being on Sr. Irene’s bad side or whether or not Chris H. would ask me to dance at a party.  ;o)  Anywho, the Language Arts sections were a breeze.  It was fun to see how excited B was in his complete confidence that he was answering correctly.  “I am SO GOOD at this!” he exclaimed over and over.  Math was tougher…on me!

gets Math and that makes me very happy b/c I get Math.  When I was in school there were 2 kinds of students – those who got Math and those who didn’t.  I noticed a pattern in those who didn’t – they questioned Math.  There is no “questioning” in Math!  Math is finite.  The formula works, every time.  You don’t question why it works, you just plug in the numbers and know the answer is right.  But my classmates who struggled in Math wanted to know why the formula worked?  Who says so?  My friend Rosanna and I had many an argument over Math and I finally had to put Math on the “no talking” subject list.  Actually, more people than not are either English people or Math people.  Ben and I are a minority who are both and the hubs claims he is neither.  “I was a street-smart athlete,” he says.  B and I had reviewed double digit, vertical addition and subtraction and he was an ace!  He did it all in his head and I was utterly confident he would breeze through the Math sections of the CAT.  I was wrong.

He knew the answers to the sample questions immediately.  However, when I set the timer and he was on his own to do his addition section, it wasn’t so easy.  In fact, it was nerve-wracking – for me!  This was the only section he did not finish in the allotted time.  He came up with answers that were not one of the 4 options or he came up with the reverse answer which was an option.  I guess that means it is pretty common to reverse the ones and tens column.  I was surprised how hard it was for me to sit there and not help him by answering his questions and requests for help.  The only thing I could say was, “If you don’t know it, guess.  If you can’t guess, skip it and go onto the next one.”  Anywho, when he did the double digit, vertical subtraction section, there was no problem at all!  Finished all of them before time was up, got all the questions correct and didn’t hesitate on a one.  Interesting…  Mailed back the test to  Seton Testing and now we just wait for the results.

I discovered a negative today for having B at home instead of at school – potty talk!  Any and all words that relate to below-the-belt body parts, bodily noises and bathrooms are hi-LARIOUS to boys B’s age.  He knows that we do not want to hear them at home so, evidently, he and his friends get them out of their systems at school.  LOL  Occasionally on the weekends, one slips out, we correct him, and that’s it.  But today was day 6 away from school due to Spring Break and he could no longer contain himself!  Once again, oh to be at that stage where all it took was the word “butt”, “fart” or “poop” to entertain me…  ;o)

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