Hear from one of our teachers about the importance of preparing your children for their testing experiences
Wonderful Parents, The anticipation leading up to the Gifted and Talented exam—the weeks of preparation, the extra practice sessions, the countdown to the test date—can make for heightened stress levels and high hopes that you did enough to prepare your child. Now, what do you do if that score report comes in the mail and you’re left feeling disappointed?
You will most likely begin to question if all of it was worth it. You may wonder if you prepped for long enough or if you could have done more. If you find yourself in this situation, we ask you to remember one thing: children are children, and they surprise us every day.
Yes, all of the preparation was worth it—no matter the outcome. Your child was exposed to a classroom setting and learned how to respect teachers and classmates. Your child learned how to focus on a task and complete it without redirection. Your child gained the emotional maturity required to enter a challenging setting and succeed.
Know that there are so many factors that could have influenced your child’s score. Maybe she was hungry or tired. Maybe he had a song stuck in his head or he was thinking about a game he wanted to play in the afternoon. Maybe they were wondering when it would snow again or what was for dinner.
In the event of a low score, we can’t know what went wrong. In the end it was probably something trivial and not at all reflective of the hours of hard work and practice the child put into his/her test preparation. Your child just had a bad day. That is not to say that your child did a bad job.
Your child is still smart. Your child is still young. Your child is still loving and kind and inquisitive and capable of taking on whatever challenges he/she will face in the next school year. You did enough to prepare your child—you did everything you could. All the work that was put into G&T preparation mustn’t be judged based upon one day’s score, but rather on your child’s growth and readiness for the next of life’s many challenges.