Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Mathematics

My eldest daughter recently competed in her first Westpac Mathematics competition late last month. Of course this is very exciting for me, as just recently, she had got 100% in a maths exam, putting her at the top of her class. She has since been put into the group A maths class, such that she is now studying with the other top maths students. The results for the WMC take forever to come back, but I was talking to her and I am not so sure she shares my excitement. She tells me that she actually hates maths classes, and the only reason she entered the maths competition was that she got to miss out on some other lessons she didn't like hmmm.. Anyway, I'm not going to get my hopes up too high. I am proud of her no matter her results. Next year all my kids will enter.

9 comments:

Dr. Clam said...

Hiya Marco! My son got the zone prize last year (I have to boast sometimes, I guess). He didn't go in the competition this year 'cause we had to take him out of that crappy school.

Marco said...

That wouldn't be for the Westpac Maths Competition. Sounds like the UNSW assessment/competition. I think the WMC starts in grade 7. He didn't win the regional prize for grade 7 did he. That would just be scary.

emmajeans said...

Anecdotally, it is not unusual for kids who achieve in the highest percentiles in in-class exams and standardised tests (like the NSW 'SNAP' or Basic Skills tests) to do poorly in the WMC. This is for a number of reasons: content assessed in the WMC might be different to content covered in class; and the skills needed to do well in a WMC are different to maths skills, or even in-class test skills.

So... how did she go???

Marco said...

I DON'T KNOW YET!? Frustratingly, the usual time to learn the results of the WMC is straight after the September holidays. I still remember back in 1983 when I came to school after the September holidays and my maths teacher was hunting me down to tell me about the results, well before school started. Confusingly, the results of the "Australian maths competition" prizes were announced a couple of weeks ago.
Thanks for your interest.

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Marco said...

She Got a CREDIT, YAY...