2011年3月1日火曜日

If you see me on the tv news tomorrow...

call me a lawyer as I will have snapped and beaten someone around the head with a bag of rotten sweet potatoes or smothered them with a kinder communication notebook. Tell the embassy I'm claiming extreme provocation by mulish pre-school teacher.

From the teacher "Amy ate her lunch very slowly again and still seems out of it (my translation) and compared to usual she is almost completely not meeting people's eyes when they speak. When we all sit on the floor to talk she doesn't look at the person talking either. If we're reading a book she's interested in she pays a little more attention. The head of the kinder is a little worried too."

My reply "We are on day three of the new medicine. I think we will know soon if it is more effective than the last one. I have attached an explanation and as you can see lethargy, lack of concentration, lack of appetite etc are all symptoms of hayfever. In Amy's case I don't know how much is hayfever and how much is her personality but I have asked her to do her best. I hope we find a good medicine match for Amy soon and have her back to her usual self. She slept well last night and ate a good breakfast this morning (albeit a little slower than normal.) Here's hoping this is the start of a good day!"

The information I attached was the Japanese Wikipedia entry on hayfever. I had used red pencil to circle all the symptoms she has- some loss of taste, blocked nose and sinus, heavy feeling head, lethargy and difficulty sleeping.

From the teacher "Thank you for the information. Looking at that information it seems Amy's allergies are quite serious. It made me hope she was all right. I think that compared to yesterday she was a little more active today but during morning announcements, when we organised the schedule for the monthly birthday celebration and at the home time meeting she was fiddling with her hands and looking all around her. She just doesn't seem to be able to pay attention..."

Seriously. There are 32 kids in this class and only two teachers. Is it just me or does it seem that Amy is taking up way more than her fair share of the teacher's attention????

I am trying really hard here. I know there are cultural differences in the schooling I am used to and what my kids will get. I know "the group" is all important but I just think my standards aren't as high as the teachers. When I teach classes that size I really don't care if a kid is looking around. If they're fiddling with their hands and not throwing/ mangling/ flicking my flashcards around I'm pretty happy to tell the truth!

Please, please, please, for all our sakes- the teacher, me and most of all poor Amy- let the hayfever season be a short one and if you could wrangle a change of class in April that would be fabulous!

And I'm going to get K to write the reply tonight. I just don't have it in me to continue this discussion any further.

5 件のコメント:

achan さんのコメント...

Poor Amy...i can sympathise with her as I'm suffering too. Let7s chop down all the cedar trees and turn them into a couple hundred fully furnished houses and we'll all be happy.

and bloody kinders and the things that they worry about :(

Gina さんのコメント...

What the heck?!!! You've told this teacher already a few times. Is she suffering short term memory loss or what? And either she's just not "getting it". Or she's fixating on Amy. Do not worry Heather...if I should see you on the news. I'll go down there and bail you out. How's that. ; )

Definitely have K write a note. Perhaps he can get through to this nazi of a kindy teacher you're dealing with.

And Amy...it's not you honey...it's her!

Xana さんのコメント...

Oh for goodness sakes! Is this like the endless texting (at 5 am or otherwise) syndrome? It would be rude to be the first one to end the exchange, so let's keep flogging that dead horse? I always find phone conversations to be like this, too, especially with yochien teachers. But so annoying in this case, because it makes it sound like you or Amy couldbe doing better, when clearly she is suffering and you are doing all you can short of taking your ax to the local cedar hills. Maybe your husband can write he is ever so sorry for his daughter being a terrible meiwaku and humbly ask the teachers to gaman and gambare until the end of the season, thereby shaming them into silence.

Rachel さんのコメント...

I have no idea what to do! I suppose it's nice that they care, but..

Yes, get K to help. And her doctor! How about a note from her doctor? And ask that teacher to PLEASE stop observing Amy, I'm sure that's half the problem, both making her feel self-conscious and noticing all the things that are quite normal that all the other kids are probably doing too, but she only notes because she is fixated on her. Can you tell her to STOP assessing her, as you have a doctor already?

gaijinwife さんのコメント...

Poor Amy. Sounds like the teacher needs a good bloody shagging from her man - then perhaps she will stop being so nit picky. Seriously, fiddling with her hands? that warrants lines in the notebook? Wow. Hope K writes a good reply. I'm impressed he's even writing it. My hub thinks kinder duties are my responsibility - but fully understands the kinder's stance on having a man as the head of the PTA. Grrrrrrr. Even as head of the traffic safety (wahoo) the teachers asked if they should put hub's name on the official documents. Grrrrr.

Hope for your, and Amy's sake that hayfever season is short.