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Alishka's second report card

Got a note and Ali's second K report card. The teacher said she writes very well, but has "her own pace". This pace, she said, is more or less OK in terms of schoolwork, but at other times, like cleaning up and getting ready for lunch, is much slower than would be ideal. So she said she is worried somewhat for her being able to do transitions in first grade. For example, they get a half-hour for lunch, and then the aides shove them out. She also said her own son did not eat lunch the first three days of school :)

She also made some suggestions, which we've already started using, like giving her a timer for a certain task. And today, I got attitude from Ali after lecturing her on the "hurry up" topic. "I Knoooooww-uh!" Meantime, the timer is going for her evening toilet routine, and she's dancing in her underwear. I think she doesn't have a clear path of actions in her head, like a plan of what needs to be done next. She'll get into the car and sit or squirm around, despite my having told her the bazillion proverbial times to buckle up, then fidget. Or she just gets distracted by the tiniest thoughts flying through her head, and cannot get back to the plan of action.

Other than that, she "meets expectations" on most items in the report card, even though verbally and in the note the teacher said she made great strides. Will ask how she is evaluated, and whether "exceeds expectations" is likely to be noticed at this point.

Oh, and the K class made each other friendship books, in which everyone wrote and drew about each of the other students. It's awesome to look at, and also is a good way to sneakily compare her to her peers. The writing really is one of the best, although she often mirror-images letters and numbers. I wonder if it's worse for her because she's left-handed.


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Feb. 16th, 2011 03:23 am (UTC)
Sounds all very familiar. So much so that I begin to appreciate how much the evaluations and the concerns (lunch-lunch, cleanup) is so much about the school and the teacher rather than the kid specifically.

"Exceeds expectations" is set up in such a way that it's really not supposed to be used very much. According to them, it would only be applicable if the child did amazingly better than they initially expected this particular child to be capable of. That is, only if they misjudged in the first place. The evaluations are also deliberately made so that they show improvement over the course of the year. It's more of a way for the school to show you what a great job it is doing. Very different from grades in middle school and high school.

Did you get the spiel about being spoiled at having half an hour conference and how you don't get that in a public school? After I heard it for the third time at KB, I snarked and mentioned the price tag.
Feb. 16th, 2011 09:28 pm (UTC)
Hehe. They haven't mentioned that, no :) I'm guessing it'll depend on the teacher what you get, in any case.

The marks might be different by centers, since a coworker of mine said her daughter, who's in another KB, got a bunch of E's. Whatever. I might see Ms. M today and ask.
Feb. 16th, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
wait a minute — did you write about Ali or about Gosha? Because it's exactly what his teachers say, and the solutions they proposed (and I even used a timer for his bedtime routine yesterday!). I'm going to take pictures of the teacher's report that we asked her to fill out. I think you'll find some similarities there (even things like fidgeting, etc.)
Feb. 16th, 2011 09:30 pm (UTC)
I thought you might get a kick out of it. It's a common-sense solution; I just haven't gotten it to work yet. I'm not giving up on it yet, though.
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