Monday, October 2, 2017

Highlights of the Week
I can't believe that September is over! Last weekend, we decorated the house for Halloween, and Smarty gave some thought to what she wants to wear this year. So far she was not one of the kids who want a very original costume for Halloween - she wants to be a tiger which reflects the fact that my almost 11 year old is still very much a child.
We have decided to undertake yet another home improvement project before fall settles in. We had a small leak in the wall of our garage, and that led us to "embrace" the project of re-piping our house with copper pipes. Supposedly, the company we are contracting with can do it in 3 days and restore water every evening. Fingers crossed that it will all go as expected in mid October.


Smarty seems happy in school most of the time, but sometimes she complains that the teachers are "unfair". Her school uses group management techniques when the whole class or group get "dinged" when a group of students or an individual student does something wrong. I understand that the idea here is to use peer pressure to modify behavior, but Smarty keeps saying that it does not work and that the same students do the same things again. Frankly, it's hard for me to argue with her on that point - it seems that individual responsibility is not "in fashion" today, replaced by focus on team building. I wonder if there is a middle ground to be found between these two approaches.

After School

This week, Smarty spent a lot of time programming on Scratch or looking at the work of others. She flips-flops a lot with her desire to learn more about programming - sometimes she is interested in it, and sometimes she feels that she is not good enough. Yesterday, she asked me to join Scratch. I haven't done any coding in years, but, hey, after all, I was doing it professionally for a few years, and I am looking forward to learning something new with her.

What My Child Is Reading

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Smarty still cannot part with Ender's series, switching back to Ender's Early Years quintet and flying through Shadow of the Hegemon. She really enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next one in this series to be available from the Overdrive library. She also has time to read in school borrowing books both from her science teacher and her language teacher. The last book she brought home from school was Newbery winner Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos.

Favorite Memory of the Week

Smarty to me, "In writing, we are told to write as we speak - in simple sentences using simple words. But this is not how I speak. I cannot help it - I just happen to have a large vocabulary."

Your Turn

How was your week?


maryanne @ mama smiles said...

That's a great Smarty quote! I love her ghosts on the window, too.

I remember being frustrated by that same group management approach when I was a kid. The best luck I had with student management when I taught was with having the students help create the classroom discipline plan - and to tie the behavior to consequences. For example, if disruptive behavior means we didn't get through work, that meant the kids had more work to do at home. It's still unfair to the students who are always well-behaved, but I found that students were better behaved when they felt they had co-authored the classroom management plan in the first place.

Phyllis Bergenholtz said...

I think she will be a cute tiger for Halloween. Peer pressure never works for keeping a class under control. It didn't work when I was a kid and it doesn't work now.