Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Easiest School Observation Ever

...cuz I got to stay in my pj's.  I wrote last week about how difficult it can be for Audrey to give me details of her school day.  So when I heard that her BFF's mother was observing, I demanded a full report.

Grace Anne is the BFF, and Aimee is her mother.  You may have seen her comments here, which can tend to be funnier than my posts.  She needs to start her own blog, but until then she is welcome to be a contributor to this one every single day.  Take it away, Aimee!

I scheduled an hour of observing groups on this day.  Since all of the other students were either out sick or working on other goals, the groups for the day consisted of Audrey and Grace Anne. 

When I arrived in the middle of math group, the girls were working on carrying numbers for double digit addition. 13 +7 , 15 +9, etc.  They were doing awesome.  Their backs were to me so I couldn’t quite hear the catchy “carry the 1" song and dance, but I could hear that it ended in a funky “and bring it on down!” which they were both into.  Then  the teacher called “last problem.” 14 +1.  Doh!  Change up!  25?  They both carried the imaginary 1.

Next was social skills group.  That day's conversation was about emotions and the actions that could go along with them. The teacher went through a list of emotions in one column, talked about each one and asked for examples.  
Teacher:  "Audrey, can you think of some reasons that we might get sad?"
Audrey:  "When you don’t get a cupcake?"
Teacher:  "Yes that’s true, that would be sad."
Next the teacher asked the girls to place the action words next to the appropriate emotion.  Grace Anne was kind of an attention hog during this part since she is obsessed with emotions.  She’s a teenager trapped in an 8 year old body. Yes I know, I’m doomed.  Audrey seemed pretty set on discussing “sad” and “worried”, but with a smile on her face.  Obviously the “tortured artist gene" is hereditary.  Grace Anne doesn’t even like saying the words sad and worried, and only wanted to discuss happy (the “shallow” gene, also hereditary).  The discussion was going so well until the teacher asked a tricky question. 
Teacher:  "Would “bang fists on table” go under angry or frustrated?"
Grace Anne:  Too distraught to answer
Audrey:  "False."
The teacher asked the girls to make emotion masks out of paper plates.  They needed one mask for each emotion and since other students had already made masks earlier, all that was left was frustrated and angry. Audrey made a kick-ass frustrated plate-man.  Grace Anne, still pleading her case for happy, finally said, “you mean Happy is closed?”  Teacher:  "Yes, it’s kind of like that."  Good answer.

Finally, they had to complete a worksheet.  Before the teacher could finish explaining the instructions to Grace Anne, Audrey had finished her entire worksheet as well as the optional extra credit essay at the bottom.  Based on Audrey's answers, the teacher tried to encourage her to “think outside the cupcake.”
Teacher:  "What are some other things that could make us sad, Audrey?"
Audrey:   Pause.  "Like when you don’t get a donut?"

23 comments:

  1. Aw, I get sad when I don't get a cupcake either. What a cute story and post. Just stopping in from SITS to say hello. Have a great day :)

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  2. Holy crap I am now sure that Audrey is mine. I get said when I can't have a cupcake. Or a dounut. Like Audrey, little else makes me sad and there really is no reason to think "outside the cupcake".

    Nice reporting, Aimee.

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  3. I love how much she loves cupcakes. And I really loved hearing about her day...didn't you?

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  4. dammit! now i want a cupcake. I get Angry. Angry because i can't have a cupcake! grrr!

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  5. I loved reading about her day. Lucky you to have your own reporter. I think I need to see a picture of Audrey eating a cupcake, so I'll lose the urge to want to send her one.

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  6. I am still caught up in the wonderful fact that Audrey has a BFF, lucky you and her. Cupcakes and donuts and friends, what more could you want?

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  7. audrey needs more cupcakes apparently...lol. Actually, that is good that she is associating that in the feelings social skill area.

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  8. If life were nothing but cupcakes and doughnuts everyone would be a lot happier. We're already all fat so who cares?

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  9. "Think out of the cupcake"...OMG!! But when you think about it, why would anyone want to think out of the cupcake? Hell, I live in a good cup of mocha-coffee....

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  10. I am in complete shock that Audrey gets sad when she doesn't get a cupcake ;)

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  11. Bwahahaha.. I love that her sadness is based on the lack of sweet cakes. I feel sad when I can't have a cupcake, or a donut for that matter, too. I think her firm grasp of the emotion deserves a reward, like maybe a cupcake?

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  12. I think we need to start looking at the larger picture.

    Audrey gets sad about no donuts or cupcakes, makes it headline news when someone in school doesn't get popcorn, and her biggest punishment to Minnie is no Spumoni.

    Why have you given your child food issues?

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  13. I *love* this entry! And way to have a spy in your sweet pea's classroom! :)

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  14. Those are two of my son's favorites as well. He will grab a box of cupcake mix off the shelf at the store and give to his mom to buy. He does not say many words for food but he definitely knows 'cupcake' and 'doughnut'. If we bring home doughnuts, he'll eat one and then we usually have to hide any remaining ones until the next day or he'll keep trying to eat them...

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  15. Yeah, the not so subliminal effects of Audrey’s sweets-centered-studies got to me too. I hit the Starbucks drive-thru hard when I left the school. It made me feel happy :)

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  16. This is great. You make me laugh every time I read your posts. I'm curious, though. Does Audrey's teacher(s) know you have a blog?

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  17. I love that you have an insider in the classroom to spy for you, so you can get all the dirt without having to leave your own home! Awesome report Aimee!! Why, oh why would anyone want to think outside of the cupcake when there is just so much goodness there? Audrey is just a foodie trapped inside a little body, and some day when she is a famous pastry chef or food critique she will laugh at the idea to think outside the cupcake! I also must say that Grace Anne sounds adorable as well, with Happy being closed :)

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  18. @DeeAnn and @Bethany
    I know some school staff members read Lynns blog. Why wouldn't they?! It's hilarious! It's funny that you said "spying" though....at the last school she went to I would pretty much need to get a court order to get them to let me observe my child in school. That is an unsettling feeling for a parent! 
    This school has much more of a "nothin to hide" attitude. They have written rules in the handbook about observing, and they seem to encourage it as long as the rules are followed. (or maybe they are sick to death of my invasive face and refer to me as "Mrs. Nosey-Mom" when they're at staff meetings!)
    Seems obvious to me that it can only help the students for the parents to learn more about what is going on at school. 

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  19. There really is nothing better (food-wise) than a cupcake. I think it's a clear sign of Audrey's obvious genius that she figured this out so early.

    I LOVE it when you include images of her school worksheets too. She's SO good with writing and answering questions.

    Billy's been working on emotions lately too. He likes to point at me and shout "Happy!" as though he can command that, particularly when he knows that I'm NOT at that particular moment :-)

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  20. @Mommyto2Boys: Food issues. Ya think? She has a genetic predisposition (maternal in case you doubted) and years of elimination diets has made her rabid about sweets.

    @Bethany: Grace Anne is the bomb diggety!

    @DeeAnn: Yes. But it's really not a problem because I have no issues and it's not like I'm using this forum to bitch...about them anyway. Aimee is another story...I had to redact quite a bit of vitriol out of her post (just kidding CEP!)

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  21. Oh this sounds so much like my classroom!! My assistants and I have imaginary 'quote of the day' (because we're too busy to write 'em down). The cupcake comment would have won. Awesome.

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  22. I just started a(nother) diet. My husband thought that would be a good time to bring home Krispy Kreme to the kids. I totally agree with Audrey. It really did make me sad that I didn't get a donut. To cope with my feelings of sadness, I ate a cupcake.

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  23. They should just have a live feed going all day long, so you can stay in your jammies, get on the computer, and be entertained by Audry's food musings all day every day.

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