Vn80.1 Planning for School 9/2/77
Miriam, showing her unprompted concern, began the following
dialogue. I transcribed it from memory (not tape) about 2 hours after the
fact. The content is accurate, though the sequence of points may be a
|Miriam||What do you think the teacher will say when she finds out I can add?|
|Bob||What do you think?|
|Miriam||I think she’ll be mad at me.|
|Bob||Are you worried about that?|
|Bob||Don’t worry, sweety. I’m going to have a meeting with your teacher next week. She knows you’ve been working with me at Logo and wants to know what she should try to teach you.|
|Miriam||What do you think?|
|Bob||I don’t know. What do you want me to tell her?|
|Miriam||I guess I should just do the regular stuff.|
|Bob||You mean like 2 plus 3 is 5?|
|Bob||For a whole year? When you already learned to add big numbers at Logo?|
|Miriam||I didn’t learn that at Logo. You taught me.|
|Bob||Oh. I don’t mean the really big ones. I mean numbers, say, that you use in |
playing SHOOT. Like 90 plus 90 is a hundred 80.
|Miriam||I didn’t learn that [I didn’t figure it out]. You told me.|
|Bob||But I don’t have to tell you any more, do I?|
|Miriam||No. . . . When do they usually do numbers like that in school?|
|Bob||At the end of second grade, maybe third grade.|
|Miriam||You mean I can skip a grade?|
|Bob||You can read well and do computations. I guess you could skip a grade if you wanted.|
Do you want to?
|Miriam||Do I have to?|
|Bob||No. You said before you wanted to stay with your friends. I think that’s a good idea|
and you shouldn’t skip a grade. But how will you feel about school?
|Miriam||Art should be a lot of fun. And so should gym.|
|Bob||I bet they’ll let you read whatever books you want. That should be good.|
|Bob||About the arithmetic: maybe I should worry about that, make the work for you to do.|
Maybe I could get some good advice from Dan Watt. How would that be?
|Miriam||Well, I don’t know. Maybe it would be O.K.|
At this point, Miriam terminated our conversation, drifting out into the
court yard to watch people moving furniture.
In this dialogue, Miriam and I discuss what she should do when she
starts school. She expresses fear that her teacher will be mad at her
because she already knows how to add. I inform her of an impending
conference with her teacher and ask her advice.