Smart Hens Make Smart Chicks

Discussion in 'The Hens' Nest' started by TaterTot, Jan 11, 2018.

  1. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    Yeah, I know our publicly funded PreK program receives funds per each student. We almost lost a student at the beginning of the year but the director offered them free aftercare (which normally is out of pocket), because the hit was less than she would lose from the city if the student left the program
     
  2. fantasynerd

    fantasynerd Extra Extra

    Yeah, funding being tied to enrollment is why losing students to charter schools is such a problem for our public schools, and funding being tied to attendance is why my district pushes good attendance so much.
     
  3. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    So funding isn't tied to attendance here but it's something ofsted looks at when they inspect, and a lot of schools charge you if your kid has an unauthorized absence. It's high too, one local school is £60 per day.
     
  4. fantasynerd

    fantasynerd Extra Extra

    @A. Ham That seems so problematic to me, especially for low income families. It’s better than public school not existing, but... are there any exemptions based on income?
     
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  5. ClamJam

    ClamJam Chicken

    ^what she said!

    That's some effed up way to treat families, with special penalty for the poor.
     
  6. fantasynerd

    fantasynerd Extra Extra

    Like Kamala Harris going after (primarily low income) families with criminal charges over truancies is one of my biggest issues with her.
     
  7. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    Not sure. I do know schools get some money to provide opportunities for lower income kids--but I haven't heard of income based exemptions to the attendance thing. I agree with you guys, I don't think it's right.
     
  8. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    S came home yesterday telling me her teacher said they need to make a shirt with 100 things on it. That's basically the only information she had, and the teacher didn't say anything. Knowing their 100 days thing is on Friday, I messaged the teacher about it because that would make this the only weekend I have to get something together, and weekdays are a challenge since I work. She messaged me back about it and gave me a few extra details and said she plans to send the note home on Monday. That means we would basically 3 days to have some stupid homemade shirt ready in time :bird: This teacher, man :wall:
     
  9. HBC

    HBC Chicken

    Stickers it is!
     
  10. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    Luckily I have a shirt this time, but if I didn't even have a shirt to put stickers on, I'd be SOL. She said it would be cute if it had hearts, since its Valentine's day too :roll::roll::roll::roll: This teacher is seriously on my shit list

    I didnt even get a chance to talk about the teacher's clear disdain for a child in her class. He has very obvious behavioral problems in the classroom (that I saw in action when I was a guest in the classroom). I also know he can be very kind, based on the one time we saw him walking outside of school, and he likes to give S sunflower seeds (as a little treasure, not for her to eat). Anyway, he had some sort of very scary medical issue this past week and had to leave school in an ambulance. I only know the details as S has reported, and I've been checking in with her to see if he has returned to school, or if the teacher gave them an update on how he's doing. One day, she started telling me she thinks her teacher is happy that the child is gone because now it means they can do their lessons without interruption. She said the teacher didnt say that, thats just what S thinks she feels like. Like, WTF kind of hateful energy toward a child are you putting out into the classroom that a 6 year is picking up on to make them think you're happy that a child is seriously ill?? The teacher has made other comments about the kid, as reported by S. I feel like she is the kind of teacher who announces to the class that a "bad kid" is bad in order to shame them. I full well understand the struggle of challenging students, and also know that teachers dont click with every single student that comes through their door, but damn. Have some compassion toward these babies.
     
  11. scotchbutter

    scotchbutter Chicken

    This teacher sounds pretty bad @Apples&Oranges . I wonder if the boy’s parents know about his relationship with the teacher. Also not even giving a weekend to do some kind of project is crazy.
     
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  12. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    She just told me she wishes they could go on a field trip to the hospital to visit him. She said she had a dream that he was better and came back to school, except that he was in a wheelchair now. <3 I hope that whatever happens in her life, she is always able to see the good in others, even if other people are only focusing on the bad.


    I'm sure his family have some idea. He has his own para in the classroom, and I overheard his grandfather talking to him as he walked home one day asking him what he will do if he gets kicked out of school, and mentioned transferring to a private school in the neighborhood. When I see him outside, you'd never guess he had trouble in the classroom. He is well behaved, polite, kind. But he is definitely a disruptive challenge in the classroom. Last time I was in there, he was running around, crawling under desks, and taking fistfuls of pencils (that he apparently throws sometimes). :no:
     
  13. fantasynerd

    fantasynerd Extra Extra

    Poor kid <3 I’d be seriously pissed about that teacher too. I know full well what dealing with students with behavioral challenges is like, and it can be freaking hard and sometimes it is hard to relate to the kid and see the good, but it’s always there. And like you said, you don’t make your relief that the kid is out so obvious that other students pick up on it.

    I’m also side-eyeing the fact that this is with the student having a 1-to-1 aide. Like I know full well that because of breaks and not all aides being that great it’s not a perfect solution, but come on.
     
  14. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    The aid didn't seem that helpful when I was there. Maybe she's new, idk. And she was very young. But at one point when he was running around under desks, the teacher told the aid to go get him or something. At the same time, trying to stop him made him worse and turned it into a game so :shrug: I've also only seen him with his grandparents whenever we bump into them outside, so either his parent/s work long hours or he's being raised by grandparents for one reason or another, so I'm guessing there is also a backstory that might contribute his behavior.
     
  15. fantasynerd

    fantasynerd Extra Extra

    Poor thing. Honestly private school might be a better fit if they can swing it, since he’s not getting his needs met there.
     
  16. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    I dont think this particular private school will necessarily meet his needs either. It operates pretty much the same as any other public school, except that it has Catholic studies. I dont think class sizes or anything are much smaller either.
     
  17. fantasynerd

    fantasynerd Extra Extra

    Ah, that sucks. If nothing else I hope he gets well soon, gets through this year, and has a better teacher next year.
     
  18. Fitz

    Fitz Leslie Knope Monster

    That poor kid. My 3rd grade teacher zeroed in on 1 or 2 "bad kids" and blamed them every time something went wrong. It was blatantly obvious that she didn't care for them, and gave us free reign to also blame stuff on them.

    Also I don't care for this 100 days crap. Until the kids are older and more self sufficient, it is just asking parents to put something together.
     
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  19. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    I dont mind that they do an event thing, but I agree that the projects are dumb. Last year, her K teacher asked us to bring in a collection of 100 things, so we brought in 100 m&ms in a ziploc. Little did I know that "collection" was supposed to mean "clever display" so at the school's 100 day event, her sad little bag of 100 m&ms sat on the table while everyone else (of those who brought something, not everyone did) had collage type of things on display :oops::lol: Luckily she wasnt old enough to care lol
     
  20. Rico Suave

    Rico Suave Chicken

    P and I have enjoyed her 100th day projects but we’ve had clear instruction and sufficient time to complete the projects. She didn’t do one this year for 2nd grade. Her teacher barely even acknowledged the day. P was very butt hurt about it!
     
  21. whatchyagonnado

    whatchyagonnado Chicken

    We toured a preschool today and my mom is here so she asked if she could come. She was SO embarrassing.
    “C is the smartest little boy I know! He knows all of his shapes and colors and numbers and he is so verbal and so bright!”

    Major cringe. Also lies haha (I love C, I think hes smart, he most certainly does NOT know every shape ect)

    We liked it though so even know hed have to be back w/ the 2s (dang cutoff) I think we are gonna sign up for fall.
     
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  22. Canaligator

    Canaligator Barbie Police

    Lol I love your mom. If there were gatekeepers for doggie daycare my mom would be the same. To this day, 3 years later, apropos of nothing she will be like “that Ziggy, who bit Lucy at daycare...!!” :lol:
     
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  23. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    This must be a proud grandmother thing. Mom called today convinced M was the smartest baby to ever baby because once done with his bottle, he put the cap on. It’s cute and sweet and I’m sure they’re used to it.
     
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  24. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    I swear, it's always the grandmas :lol: I still remember this family who came on on a tour and the grandma just went on and on about how smart her grandson was, knows his letters and numbers and shapes and could even write his name at 2. She asked for him to be put into the young 3s class since he was just so advanced. That boy was so..... not advanced and got moved back to the 2s stat :lol:
     
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  25. hellohelloagain

    hellohelloagain Chicken

    Yeah definitely a grandma thing. My mom thinks F is a genius for sticking out her tongue after she does. I can't imagine how it's gonna be once she gets older and actually starts doing stuff lol
     
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