I'm a teacher. I hate NAPLAN. It's a waste IMO as results don't come back until they are virtually irrelevant. If my child was that stressed about it though, I think I'd make sure they did sit the test to begin to cope in such situations and also to see how little how they perform in it means. Unless VCE changes they eventually will need to sit some exams I guess so learning to deal with these situations may be all she gets out if it if the teacher is pumping it up so much id think that even after withdrawing your child from the actual test she'd still need to sit through the practice lessons? I'd also be reporting back to the school how unnecessarily stressed your daughter is from the added emphasis the school places on the test (ie it's the school, pressure and discussion making the situation stressful-not really the test IYKWIM?).
I hope you DD has a relaxing weekend poor thing.
I'm not sure what VCE is, but I'm assuming it's not a primary school thing.
There are plenty of opportunities for our kids to learn to deal with exams and the possible pressure they can create once they are more mature.
I don't believe any child should need to cope with the pressure these schools are putting on the test performance and results (very much my point that the stress is coming from how the test is presented to the children). But I disagree that they don't have the coping skills or the ability to begin to build them for a test situation. I worry too that by withdrawing children from it, the message is sent that that is how to deal with new situations and they either expect to be withdrawn again in 2 years time when they are 11 (NAPLAN is sat for most children at ages 8-9 10-11 in primary school I believe) or double the panic as they haven't yet experienced the situation and are going in cold.
I think the op is in an awful situation with this though as because the school has already built this pressure I'm not sure the 'damage' could be undone before the test at this point. It would be great if she sat it and was able to experience the pride in her coping skills however I can see that it could also go the opposite way and she'll stress and panic that she hasn't performed as well as she could...toughie.
My daughter is in ye three and started to get a little stressed about Naplan, but she seems better after we had a chat about it and I explained tat it was the school and governments way to make sure the teachers are teaching them properly!
VCE is Vic HSC, so 18 yos....
I'm starting a teaching degree in July and really hating the emphasis and pressure some schools place on little kids.
Good luck with your teaching degree-best thing I ever did and SO rewarding.
Last edited by tootsiegirl; 19-04-2013 at 22:05.
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