I’m planning on telling a big secret in this post. As a disclaimer, neither my parents, nor my children should read it!
The dreaded Naplan will be held next week. When I say ‘dreaded’ it isn’t like that in our house, but I know it is at plenty of other peoples places.
Neither of the kids get too worked up about it and they don’t talk about it much, except to say: ‘It’s not fair. We can’t read after we’ve finished, Mum.’
Well, I don’t think that’s fair either! But I DO understand why.
Although we didn’t have NAPLAN, I remember doing similar type tests. I guess they were to work out where we all were within our year/learning levels.
Here’s my secret:
I never took them seriously. Nope, honestly I didn’t. (Mum, it’s time to stop reading!) My aim, was to get through the multiple choice questions and have SOOO much free time at the end of it, I could finish a book. (Mum, really it’s time to go!).
This probably didn’t help my marks. Especially since I didn’t even read the questions, I just made pretty patterns when I coloured in the A, B, C, D, or E circle.
Looking back, it’s quite shocking at how I disregarded these tests and to a point, my education. I’m always telling my kids how important education is and it’s only when you hit a certain age, that you can look back and realise HOW important it is.
These are all things I now know, I would have loved to have learned. Maths wasn’t something I wanted to concentrate on and I still don’t!
Sure, I’ve got some regrets about my schooling, and not doing the tests properly is definitely one of them, but I can’t say that reading at the end of tests is!
So, did you take these tests seriously? And did it make a difference to your schooling? How is NAPLAN received at your place?