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.