Comments: Not Ready to Call Him Hamster Huey

oh dear- sadly I know a few students who test like that. teachers come out of the class shaking their head, going "X was the first one done. X should never be the first one done, particularly not by a margin like that. they could do SO WELL if they would just try... how do I make them try?" normal tests often get handed back right as its handed in with a lot of "no, redo this one." standardized testing you can't do that obviously, and some kids persist in seeing it as a race, even when finishing early just means... more time to sit and be bored while everyone else finishes?

makes my brain hurt every time.

Posted by S at April 13, 2010 10:33 PM

It's always a fight. No matter what goes right there is always something else to go sideways. And then Bones will go diagonal. Heh.

If you can get him to the first week of classes without him freaking out, he'll be good. It's the anxiety leading up to it that might be the worst part of the year. *sigh*. And here's hoping for teachers who actually care... If they work at that school, you may have a chance to be able to relax just a tad.

Posted by Teresa at April 13, 2010 10:39 PM

Bou, I remember the fun of taking the Iowa back in 5th grade. Our race was in the results ... to see who could get their score high enough to freak out the teachers. (And we did. But then we were already involved in classes funded by the National Defense Education Act.) The test lacked a scale to measure our reading ... its only response was, yup, reads better than 12th grade. Fun though.

The same approach caused all sorts of havoc when I took the ASVAB after I got my "Greetings!" letter. High 90's percentiles tend to freak people out.

You must tell Bones that this new cohort can be the best one he will ever know. The only people I still really talk to from Jr Hi & High School were involved in Music and Drama.

We are all over the place. Some are professional musicians and actors/directors/authors/playwrights, but the rest of us are every place imaginable ... Engineering, State Department, ONDCP, Banks, DMORT, Doctors, Dentists ... even some Lawyers (but not that many).

Bones should have a lot of fun. I know I did, even though it made my parents concerned in oh so many ways. This was the late 60s, after all.

Posted by The Thomas at April 13, 2010 11:28 PM

Woo Hoo!

Congrats to Bones and You!

So how long before we see him on the red carpet at the Oscars?

Posted by Quality Weenie at April 14, 2010 09:06 AM

"Because, ever, in your life, have you EVER, heard of a child... that Christmas Tree'd an ENTIRE standardized test?"

I'm raising my hand. My oldest son did that to a college entrance exam. He said, "I didn't think it was important. I didn't want to go to that school any how."

Posted by Sticks at April 14, 2010 05:32 PM

Yahoo for getting into the school!

And for the other...was he diagnosed via your pediatrician, or through a process at his school? He should have had some type of intelligence test with that process (and it's different format than standardized testing). The new school will look at that. Most 'real' ADHD kids are VERY creative, and schools know that...especially the school to which he is going. If you have any concerns, contact the guidance counselor at the new school to give him/her a heads-up.

Plus...going from private to public schools, he should do fine, too. And you would be amazed at what kids like him actually absorb!

Posted by Mrs. Who at April 14, 2010 06:10 PM

Congrats to Bones!!!

And Congrats to you and G-man for looking for alternatives...

The hardest part about ADHD is the fact that it is nearly impossible to conform when you are wired to non-conform....

You are doing the right thing...

As for the tests, give him time and he will be smoking them...

We have had these discussions before so I won't bore you with more....


Posted by P'cola Titan at April 18, 2010 04:54 PM