I got to thinking how the school year is fast coming to and end and we will soon have Cohen's end of year report in hand and Sarah's transition statement ready for her entry into Prep next year. I thought about the differences there will be in what is said upon their reports and what kind of report they'd give themselves in many, many years to come.
That's me to the left of the report card in the front row.
I read through my year one report card again and thought about what I'd have to say if I wrote a current day report for myself and did a comparison.
Back in the summer 1984 this Miss Leach here's my take on things now with a little tongue in cheek too.
Language and Reading
(Then) Reading level in class: Reading is below average class level
Now: No need to worry, I've got three kids now and they're quite brilliant. Clearly story time with mummy has been a success.
(Then) Word Recognition: Difficulties recognising vocabulary
Now: I still have challenges making sense of things namely what my three children are trying to say with all their made up stories and make believe. Sometimes I just pretend I know what they said, because I don't understand the language they're speaking.
(Then) Phonic Ability: Good progress
Now: refer to word recognition above these kids impact this greatly.
Now: refer to word recognition, need I say more.
Now: Nothing has changed. I love a good book I can read with gusto and character voices to the kids. They love it, so I'd say I'm a success.
(Then) Writing to form letters correctly: Fair. Pencil control is improving
Now: Doing just find now thanks!
(Then) Ability to write simple sentences: Pleasing progress
Now: I have been writing simple sentences and sharing them on line for nearly five years and people seem to like it. I'd class that as pleasing progress.
(Then) Neatness: Satisfactory
Now: I can do Queensland Cursive with the best of them due to my pre-school teaching days. I'd call my efforts more than satisfactory. I'd call them, up myself.
(Then) Ability to speak clearly: Does not project her voice
Now: I can't believe the above was ever said of me. Ben frequently tells me I'm speaking to loudly. Perhaps it's got something to do with trying to be heard over three crazy kids.
(Then) Participation in classroom talks: Enjoys speaking to the whole class.
Now: Where's the class, where's my audience, a posse, a lone stranger......I'll talk to them.
(Then) Ability to listen carefully and follow directions: Usually listens to directions. A dreamer at times.
Now: I really do try to listen to directions. But after about the third step you loose me, you're better off showing me something, I learn better that way. As for being a dreamer, I'm still one baby and that's never going to change. It's magical thing to be and when I dream I'm inspired.
(Then) Basic number facts: Has the basic concept of + & - from 1 to 10. Much improvement work is below class average.
Now: Let's just face it I'm still pretty crap at Maths, but I get by without embarrassing myself.
(Then) Good understanding of basics concepts. Interest level: Average.
Now: I keep informed about the world around me, but I do limit how much news and current affairs I take in.
(Then) Knowledge and Understanding: Very good knowledge of subject matter. High level of interest.
Now: Well this was a shock reading this on my report, not a claim to fame I would be making now. When it comes to common sense I've got loads of it but when it comes to physics I don't, we'll leave it at that.
(Then) Keen to participate
Now: More then keen now, my soul needs time and space to play with arts and crafts and float ideas around and try new things. Nothing is right or wrong in art.
(Then) Participation is satisfactory
Now: I enjoy music but for participating in it.....you'll never have me singing karaoke with you, trust me it's a good thing.
(Then) Satisfactory development of skills
Now: My body has been through a lot and done amazing things. Six pregnancies in five years, endured loss and heartbreak and has been the place I have comforted three children at the breast and wrapped them in my love. I can do anything.
(Then) Social Behavior: Very shy, yet, is interacting well.
Now: So not shy, furthest thing from being shy there could be and I still play nice with others although sometimes people are scared off by my enthusiasm.
(Then) Desire to Achieve: A more concentrated effort is needed.
Now: I have the biggest burning desire to achieve and thanks to life's experiences I think I am well on my way to achieving the dreams I am making for myself.
(Then) Other comments: Trudie is a very courteous and helpful pupil.
Now: Trudie is now a courteous and helpful fully grown adult.
I'm think I'm doing just fine Miss Leach, I'm pretty impressed with how I've turned out and journey isn't over yet.
What would your report card say now?