My daughter is a Math Wizard. I am proud to say that. She's been competing in MTAP for the past 3 years. She learned fractions on her first grade; starting adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing one on her 2nd grade; and studied linear equations on her 3rd grade. She knew things I never knew when I was her age. She is now on her 4th grade and she even passed the MTG (Mathematics Trainers Guild) exam. And because of that she went through a series of rigorous Math Training. We recently found out that after the MTAP exam that she only scored 29 out of 50. Shocked, surprised and disbelief is what I felt. I pulled her aside and asked her how she felt. She said three words, "sad and disappointed."
I can only give her a hug and a kiss and tell her how proud I am of her. And that it's ok. There is always a next time.
I asked her if she wants to talk about it. Her reply? "No. Talking will only make me feel more disappointed." Then she left.
She probably needs some space now and I am giving her that. Maybe in a day, a couple of days she'd be ready to talk about it. And I will be there for her.
My daughter is a Math Wizard. With recognition or not, I know what she's capable of and I am proud to be her mother.