School has changed so much from when I was in school in the late 80s and even from when I taught in the mid 90s. The biggest change I am finding when we enrolled Hannah and Jamilah at the middle school level is that the type of critical thinking or analytical reasoning that is now required on tests is one a whole new level.
Well, I know we have been asking for a change from rote recall to more analytical type of reasoning in schools but we are having a major problem adjusting. My husband and I have attempted to help the girls with studying for their tests and they have even stayed after school to receive extra help from one of their teachers. But honestly, I am not even sure how to teach these skills and somewhat frustrated as we are all putting so much time and energy into their studies with subpar results.
It seems that they are encountering these type of tests in science and social studies. There is a lot of information they need to extrapolate data and are required to reason. The other core classes, English, reading, and math seem to be more straightforward.
So if anyone can give suggestions, I would appreciate it.