Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Baby Steps

Testing again today -- we started the monthly Math Benchmarks. Mona raised her hand. I have been working with her one-on-one in math and the other day she had a break-through in understanding the relationship between multiplication and division. Still, tests are hard for her and they sap her confidence, so my heart sank as I walked toward her, fearing she would ask a question that test protocol would demand I not answer. As I stopped beside her she looked up at me with a beautiful smile on her face. "I think I get it," she said. I looked down at her paper and she had the first three problems finished and correct. I started to grin, too. "You do get it," I said. "These are right!" She didn't do as well on the geometry and measurement section, and she knew it, but she glowed all the way through the rest of the test anyway -- small steps forward.

9 Comments:

Blogger Minka said...

One step at a time.
Beofre Christmas there are a bunch of exams here in Icelandic schools and I tend to tutor privately enough. German is hated by all kids alike.
A couple of days ago I tutoured two 18 year olds. They had to order stuff in a restaurant and play it infront of their class. We came up with a funny dialogue that they got so engaged in, they were still acting when I finally got to throw them out of my house :)

11/22/2006 06:30:00 AM  
Blogger QuillDancer said...

Minka -- I love teaching when the kids start to get it and things really click.

11/22/2006 06:36:00 AM  
Blogger Jan said...

One step at a time will take someone on the longest of journies. Isn't it great watching a child finally start to "get it"? You are still my hero!

11/22/2006 06:36:00 AM  
Blogger QuillDancer said...

Jan -- whenever someone calls me a hero I get this little thrill of pride followed by a great rush of fear when I look down at my clay feet!

11/22/2006 06:50:00 AM  
Blogger O Ceallaigh said...

a beautiful smile on her face

This the same Quilldancer I was readin' 'bout last week? Y'gotta get the public health people in there PDQ. Whatever you got goin' in that there classroom, sure looks like it's some contagious.

:)

11/22/2006 12:52:00 PM  
Blogger QuillDancer said...

OC -- same Quilldancer, but she seems to have a new attitude and more energy -- and there's this silly smile stuck on her face that just won't seem to go away.

11/22/2006 01:20:00 PM  
Blogger goldennib said...

Terrific for you both.

11/22/2006 03:08:00 PM  
Anonymous jackie said...

Quilly-Sister, I was happy for Mona, but as I was reading this post, this is what I was thinking: "And it never changes - we go on through life being tested, and sometimes glowing from getting it - and sometimes not. Gotta enjoy the glow when you can".

11/22/2006 04:51:00 PM  
Blogger Melli said...

Awwww! YAY for her!

11/22/2006 05:41:00 PM  

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