When we did the standardized testing way back when, Ditz managed to do spectacularly badly. We are talking the illiterate end of the scale here. She's not illiterate; she was merely very bored. I don't see why I should put either of us through that again...which is rather beside the point.
We are at semester's end & Alison has been sneakily testing the ensemble class on their theory so that Ditz wasn't even sure that it was a test. Was I nervous? Oh yes! Ditz can not be relied on in these situations. If she gets a bee in her bonnet ~ forget it! Ditz has done no theory in any of her music so all the theory (as such) is new to her. First results are in...& Ditz has done spectacularly well! She got the 2nd highest lot of marks in the class! Knock me down with a feather!
One mark she lost because her handwriting is so terrible, one for adding a note that wasn't there (but should have been to hear Ditz tell it) & one just outright wrong. It makes all the traipsing round in the wet, the dark & the cold worth it. Ditz is pretty pleased with herself too. Any other subject & sadly she wouldn't have cared less, but music! Ah, now, that is another matter entirely!
It makes it worthwhile for Alison who likes kids to be enthusiastic & care about what they are doing (last night's lecture was on just that but it's end of term & the school goers are just tired, purely & simply.) It's easy for Ditz. She is not sitting in a classroom for 6 ~8 hours before her music class. This is all novelty for her & she is socializing, though I have noticed she seems to be pulling away from making friends. Note to self: check with Ditz as to what's going on; probably all in her head. I do know she gets antsy about some of the behaviour & by school standards this is an extremely well behaved class. This is one class Ditz makes a concerted effort to focus & reel in all her add behaviours on her own. She isn't always successful but she does try & she doesn't appreciate the kids who make it difficult for her to focus.
And the night's funny was on me. Normally I park myself up the back of the class with a good book or some work. Last night I was sorting out what I needed in curriculum & how much it was going to cost me (ouch!) before going back to my book but occasionally something in the room will catch my attention & I will tune in, so I was tuned in as Alison began revising common time & 3/4 time. Her question, which for the life of me I can't now remember, had her class flummoxed (probably what caught my attention) so she turned to me!!! I blush beautifully...but I did know the answer. Please don't tell me you know where Ditz gets her scattered *how I learn without paying attention* traits from.