FN #4 :draft#1: Social skills

From: Sharon Wie
Submit: Post Field Note
VisitDate: 10/24./96
Children-Run: Selected
Unclear-Approach: Selected
Informal: Selected
Date: 28 Oct 1996
Time: 14:23:16
Remote Name: ll-mac-01.ucsc.edu



Two sixth grade girls. I'm not sure of their names


Today was a mild day at Barrios Unidos. There were more UC students than kids today, so I didn't get such a great chance to work with anyone. I did however, make some substantial observations. I was sitting with Filogoņo, who was playing with the puzzles. Next to him sat Annie and a sixth grade girl. She was drawing on the monitor words of her boy crushes. At the moment, I smiled and laughed a bit because the girl was extremely embarrassed and protective of her work. She printed many copies of the screen and thereafter hurried to erase the evidence on her computer screen. Although she didn't want anyone to see her work, she continued to make many other variations of I love ______.

I believe this observation to be important because it demonstrates the personal and social skills we can enhance in children. Because the girl was quite embarrassed, she would scream and yell when anyone attempted to look at her work. Others in the room grew upset and asked her to be quiet. On a personal basis, we can be there for this girl and share some of our own experiences, making it comfortable for her to express her thoughts and feelings.

Although direct guidance was absent with this girl today, I think it is a good example of something else we can keep our eyes open and minds open to.