Earlier this nine-weeks my daughter was struggling with her grade in social studies. She has been bringing her textbook home, studying, and working diligently on her folder.
Last night she said “Mom, guess what I got on my social studies test?”

Me: “A 97%?”
Reagan: “Yes, on the short answer part. On the essay test, guess what I got?”
Me: “Ummm… a 95%?” (figuring essays might be harder)
Reagan: “a 103%!”
Me: “Oh, good, I’m so proud of you; you’ve been working so hard the last few weeks. How did you study for this test so that you can do as well on your next test?”
Reagan: “Oh, I didn’t study.”

I was pretty much stumped as to what to say after that….


3 Responses to “Counter-intuitive”

  1. diane vespa Says:

    which begs the question… How do you get a 103% on a test? 😉

  2. jenjw4 Says:

    Oh, extra credit, of course!

    Her teacher usually puts one extra credit essay question on each test.

    Thinking about it now, I really should have said, “All those days of working hard really paid off.” Because while she might not have studied specifically for the test, she was studying the material quite a bit recently. And she had been ill and missed class and was able to go back and take the test without doing extra prep for it…

  3. Rixblix Says:

    And sometimes things just “click” with kids! (I love it when that happens in class) It’s impressive that she did the extra credit, too. You’d be surprised how many kids just don’t do it…no reason, the just don’t. We’ve taught the boys to always TRY the extra credit…ya never know when that 103% will bump up an 87%!

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