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observation of Middle School child—"Joanne" case study in the quick matur*****g 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 ***** Greek-American extraction. Her father is a *****, naturalized during h***** adolescence in the city of Chicago. ***** mother 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 during the 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 ***** ********** to Greece, and has done so all of ***** life, having minimal contact with his daughter and wife at both *****s. He has one other ***** from a previous marriage whom ***** has minimal interaction with. However, Joanne is the only child within the household at ***** present time. At the time ***** the observ*****ion, her ***** had just left the ***** on travel (although he made himself available briefly before t***** observation), and thus ***** was speaking mainly Greek at home, ***** mainly English in school.

As a middle school student, Joanne was evaluated during 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 ***** time, in this *****, to give an idea of how Joanne related to her peers on an *****terpers*****al level, as well ***** her level of academic development. According to her parents, whom were conferred with before and after the ***** to obtain permission and to ***** furt***** data regarding the young *****, Joanne's educational development has not ***** all that *****y have desired. They wished she had d***** better, not so much in terms of her grades, which were all A's ***** 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 ***** succeed.

Regardless, Joanne's teac*****s expressed strong confidence ***** ***** 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 not ***** in students from multilingual backgrounds, *****n that ***** cognitive are***** of the brain devoted to language development in a variety ***** areas are stimulated in a consistent and early fashion in a way ***** they might not be for all **********.

Section II

Description of Development and *****

***** was observed ***** lunch period in the computer room ***** her school, check*****g and sending her email. She sat with


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