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

Section I


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

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

Regardless, Joanne's teac*****s expressed strong confidence in Joanne's ability, saying that she 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 ***** ***** in *****s from multilingual *****grounds, *****n that ***** cognitive *****s of the brain devoted to language development in a v*****riety of are***** are stimulated in a consistent and early fashion ***** a way ***** they might not be for all individuals.

Section II

Description of Development and Observation

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


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