Finishing last week with the Math Quiz, I was very tired. I fell asleep very fast, but at 1:20 am I woke up and couldn’t sleep anymore. In my head were all the things that went wrong during the Quiz. Here in Curacao a lot of people have the tendency to tell you that you were good and everything was/is all right. I know better. I was very tired and I make a huge mistake with question number 2. I love math, but I do not love TV. I do not have time to learn about TV and it doesn’t come naturally to me.
On Monday I had to talk to some students to tell them how much time they have left to finish their thesis. I felt relieved after talking to them. At least I showed them the real picture.
On Tuesday I was so tired that I couldn’t get up to go to work. I slept for nearly 12 hours. Still, I was tired. I didn’t go to the CKM training on Monday and didn’t go to play table tennis on Tuesday. Ok, the whole week I didn’t train.
What I did almost every day was Math with my daughter. Her final exams are in two months. She wasn’t very interested but now she wants us to work on the Math.
Saturday Raul organized a workshop about survival, how to defend yourself. I enjoyed it and the 4 hours went by before we realized. He had a talk about your mind, your actions and we also practiced some procedures. I finally saw that the training of three months had some fruits. I understand the movements a lot better and sometimes I do not think so much before executing a movement.
There are a lot of things in his workshops and training that I can use in my life and for table tennis. Like when you punch you only put force on the moment of impact. When you play table tennis it is only the moment that you touch the ball, you have to put tension in your muscles. This is what I know, but it not always that easy to execute.
Saturday night the son of Raul,
The whole kickboxing gala was a very weird experience. We had a VIP-table with food but without drinks. The last fight was for a world title, but the two fighters were no match. They presented both with a lot of titles, but during the fight, you couldn’t see that. Anyway, it was different.
This week I read about a very popular math assessment that is used for young children. It is called UGT-R: Utrechtse Getalbegrip Toets – Revised (Van Luit & Van de Rijt, 2009). The assessment covers a broad spectrum of the abilities that children should have before they start to learn formal math.
There are 9 domains that are being covered; comparison, handling amounts, 1-on-1 correspondence, arrangement, use of numeral, synchronize counting, resultant counting, practical use of numbers knowledge and estimate. One advantage is that the assessment is in Dutch and that is one of the languages that will be used. But I will be needing it in Papiamentu too. The assessment has 45 items, but if I understand correctly most of them will be picture items. When translating the questions it is important that the correct words are used. Translating from Dutch to Papiamentu is not always easy because Papiamentu has fewer words. I remember when my daughter was in Kindergarten and she wanted to understand things right. Her Kindergarten was in English and at home, we speak Papiamentu. She asked me how do you say a bird flies in Papiamentu, –> ‘Un para ta bula’. And ‘I jump’ –> ‘Mi
Some years ago a student I guided for her thesis had a grade 1 class where there were a group of 5 children that could not pass math. The whole year they struggled. She tested the children to know if they complied with some of the math criteria. And most of them didn’t. I would like to know how the children in Curacao are doing compared to those of other countries.
There is also an assessment called HOME to assess the situation at home. I should be reading more about it to know if I can use it. It has 53 questions for the mother I saw in one article, but there are different questionnaires.
I also started to write a summary of what my research will be about.