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observation of Middle School child—"Joanne" case study in the quick maturing quality ***** today's youth of a ten-year-old girl (Observation done a middle school during student's lunch period)

Section I


Jo*****nne" (pseudonym) is a ***** young woman of Greek-American extraction. Her father ***** a Greek-American, naturalized during his adolescence in the city of Chicago. Her mo*****r is a Greek immigrant. Joanne has been a resident ***** the area for most of her own life and education, however she frequently travels to Greece ***** ***** summers. At home, she speaks both ***** and English. Her mother is only fluent in Greek, and her father expresses difficulty in communication in both languages, according ***** his ***** report, depending on the length of time he has spent in either area. He ***** travels on bus*****ess back ***** *****th to Greece, and ***** done so all of ***** life, having minimal contact with his daughter and wife at ***** *****s. He has one other daughter from a previous marriage whom Joanne has ***** interaction *****. However, ***** is the only child within the household at the present time. At the time of the observ*****ion, her fa*****r had just left the home on travel (although he made himself available briefly before t***** observa*****ion), and thus Joanne was speaking mainly Greek at *****, ***** mainly English in *****.

As a middle school student, ***** was evaluated dur*****g lunch period in the context of ***** classroom environment, at a local suburban public school *****ten design*****ed as '***** class.' This observation was conduced at ***** *****, in this area, to give an idea of how Joanne related to her peers on an *****terper*****nal level, as well ***** her level of academic development. According to her parents, whom were c*****ferred with before and after the ***** to obtain permission and to obtain furt***** data regarding the young woman, Joanne's educational development has not ***** all that they have desired. They wished she had done better, not so much in terms of her grades, which were all A's ***** Bs, but in her extracurricular pursuits in ballet and tennis, and also in terms of the interest she s*****ed in school. ***** felt *****y had to push ***** very hard ***** succeed.

Regardless, Joanne's teachers expressed strong confidence in Joanne's ability, saying ***** ***** was slightly above her grade level in mathematics, although ***** language skills were somewhat deficient, partially, perhaps as a result of her bilingual home environment. She exhibited unusual prowess in the small foreign language component offered by the school ***** Spanish, although such displays are not unusual in students from multilingual backgrounds, *****n that ***** cognitive *****s of the brain devoted to language development in a v*****riety ***** areas are stimulated in a consistent and early fashion in a way ***** they might not be for all individuals.

Section II

Description of Development and Observation

***** was observed during lunch period in the computer room ***** her school, checking ***** sending her email. She sat with


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