The girls are doing fine at school I’m keeping track of what Lana’s doing because her teachers “tweet” photos of the day’s activities every day. Wonder how long that will last. We’re asking more and more of teachers. Daily updates on Twitter with photos is way above and beyond the call of duty.
I asked a friend who sent a daughter off to first grade around here last week how things were going.
Okay, she sighed.
Just okay? I asked.
Well, I got a note from the teacher saying she talked too much.
Really, says I…the first week of school?
And her friend’s mom got a note saying her daughter would only play with my daughter…that she needs to make more friends.
Really? You have to be kidding.
Why on earth would a teacher send negative notes home on Day Four of school? What is the matter with her? Of course, the kids are playing with the friends they know. Of course they’re talking when they’re not supposed to. They’re six. It’s the beginning of school. They haven’t even gotten over summer vacation yet. They haven’t had to keep their mouths shut for indefinite periods of time for ten weeks. And now, all of a sudden, we expect them to go cold turkey?
If I ever had the time or energy to send a parent a note the first week of school, it said “Your kid is terrific. Your kid is wonderful. Your kid is so ready to learn. Thanks for sharing him with me.” That’s IF I had the time or energy. Mostly I just crawled home, made sure I was ready for the next day, had something to eat and crawled into bed. And done it again for the rest of the week and slept all weekend (except when I was working on lesson plans for the second week of school)
And seeing as my goal, aside from wanting the kids to want to come back for the second day of school (and third, fourth and fifth), was to reassure parents that their child, the one they adored beyond all reason, was safe and would be loved and cared for that year, I would NEVER send a negative note the first week of school. What is that teacher thinking of?
It made me so angry…just breathe, Mary…just breathe.
Lee County just took a huge leap…the school committee has voted to opt out of the state testing program. They just aren’t going to do it this year. It’s going to be so interesting to watch what happens next. The superintendent had been urging the committee to go slowly, investigate the consequences before they made such a huge decision but they voted last night and it passed 3-2. I’m sure that those of you who know my feelings about high stakes testing will be surprised but honestly, if I were on the committee I would have voted no…I would have needed to know the consequences before I voted yes. I’d need to go in with my eyes wide open. So much is tied to testing, especially in Florida…promotion to third grade, graduation, teacher salaries, bonuses for schools and teachers, scholarships for high school kids going to state schools…not to mention state and federal money. I sure hope they know what they’re doing. Still it’s a brave move and I hope they can serve as a model for other districts who want to do the same.
Facebook is loaded with little ones heading off to school and I love seeing the bright, happy, hopeful faces. And I hope every one of them has a teacher who will give them a year filled with learning and laughter and love. And who doesn’t send a note home to their parents the first week of school saying they talk too much or need to make new friends ASAP.