Last week was the end of the second term, which meant report time for most school children, including Ladybug. Generally I must say I was impressed with her report. Mostly 3s and 4s (3 = Mastered Required Expectations; 4 = Exceeds Expectations) I suppose I cant push her to excel more because well 4 is the highest mark she can get, but then again I guess we can work on changing the 3s to 4s – can you spot the “pushy” Mom here?
Ladybug also got two 2s (2= Progressing Steadily)… One was for “Understands and adheres to set boundaries” Now I can tell you as her mother that she understands set boundaries, without a question of a doubt. It’s the adheres to part that bought that mark straight down. She understands them, she also understands how NOT to adhere to boundaries. The other 2was for “Responds well to naughty corner discipline”, personally I think Teacher Kirsten was being far to kind and lenient with this mark, I would have given her a 0. Ladybug DOES NOT respond well to naughty corner discipline. Firstly she takes herself to the naughty corner when you moan at her; which means she knows she’s done wrong, but then heaven help you when you PUT her in the naughty corner. To get her to stay there is another mission, then when she does stay there to get her out is another tantrum all on its own. On the rare occasion you get her to stay in the naughty corner, it has no effect on her, she will come out of it and try to do what got her in there in the first place again – see how the naughty corner and the boundary adherence is linked!!??!!
Under the teacher comments Teacher Kirsten wrote:
“Ladybug is a happy outspoken little girl who knows her own mind. She loves to learn, but can be bossy and is sometimes so busy trying to be “teacher” that she sometimes doesn’t pay attention to what we are teaching. She is very independent and enjoys doing things for herself. She is helpful and loves to fetch her friends bags and lunchboxes when they go home. Ladybug (Miss LPP) is a pleasure to teach.”
This seems all very good and there are positives and negatives, but the fact that I speak teacher, let me break down the comment for you:
“Ladybug is a happy outspoken little girl who knows her own mind.” – Really means: Your child is opinionated and has no problem telling me exactly what she thinks and what she wants and how she wants it.
“She loves to learn, but can be bossy and is sometimes so busy trying to be “teacher” that she sometimes doesn’t pay attention to what we are teaching.” – Really means: Your child is bossy and has no problem bossing the other kids in the class around. It has to be done her way or no way, and to hell with trying to teach her, she’s just not interested if it’s not something SHE wants to learn!
“She is very independent and enjoys doing things for herself.” – Really means: I can leave your child to fend for herself during the school day, I merely watch over her to make sure she goes home in 1 piece without too many cuts and bruises.
“She is helpful and loves to fetch her friends bags and lunchboxes when they go home.” – Really means – Your child makes a good slave and even better (free) child labour.
“Ladybug (Miss LPP) is a pleasure to teach.” – Really means: She is a pleasure to teach, but Miss Popularity is even more of a pleasure to send home!
Teacher Kirsten, thank you for surviving teaching Ladybug the first 2 terms, thank you for trying to plant the seed of knowledge in that
stubborn head. Good luck for the rest of the year. You are awesome and we love you!