With NAPLAN testing next week I will skip my talk through of the AIP this week and make some comments about NAPLAN.
Yes, NAPLAN is important and we want all the children to do their best on the tests, but we need to keep in mind that this is just a point in time test. It gives us an external measure to consider when judge how well each individual children is progressing. NAPLAN provides us with valuable information about the children, but it is not the only measure we use in making decisions about what we need to do to support the children’s educational development. When it comes to sitting the tests we want the children to treat it like any other test they do for their teachers and not get themselves worked up about the test. If they are all worked up and nervous that will stop them from doing their best, which will only make them feel worse.
What can you do to help at home? Explain to your children that yes the tests are important, but that they only need to do the best they can on the day. To give the tests their best try. Remind them to answer every single question, even if they have to guess after they’ve had a go. They may just guess right. We had a small number of children who missed questions last year that let their results down, so remind them to double check they’ve answered every question. Ensure they have had a good breakfast, so that they have the energy they need to concentrate and use their brain during the tests. Finally, remind them that you love them no matter how they do on the tests, because you know they have given it their best try.