29 June, 2007

Hey big spender!

Guess what Wii bought today! It's pretty cool actually, and it would appear that Chickie is a damn good boxer. He's not so crash hot at bowling yet and we haven't tried the others so far. We've got the Wii sports, an extra remote that comes with some games and also bought a Shrek game (Chickie doesn't know about that one yet - one thing at a time!)

I love the fact that it suggests you take a break. We should perhaps make sure Chickie listens to that!

We've never actually had a game console in this house before. J had an old Playstation a loooong time ago but his sister borrowed it and we never saw it again. We weren't too worried anyway. Anyway, I liked the fact with this that you can get up and move with it. Chickie's already worked up quite a sweat with his boxing. Though I should note here that he was also performing many unnecessary moves such as kicking and spins.

I can see this is going to be very popular!

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Chickie had his second school orientation visit today. He was hanging back with us and not wanting to join in with the other kids, so J and I left rather than hang around (we had the option of doing either today). He seemed fine with us going - but I was a bundle of nerves! Heaven help me on his first full day...

When we came back later he seemed to be having lots of fun playing with the other kids on the playground, so I presume it all went well. I must admit I was quietly pleased with how well he was listening and following the teacher's requests. Some of the kids were running about like madmen. I definitely think I made the right decision not to be a primary school teacher (I did a year and a half at teacher's college after school).

At the end of the session I started to go up to the teacher to check how Chickie handled it but she was in tears. I didn't know why, but figured she wouldn't want to be bothered then, so we just went home. J and I couldn't work out what was going on.

Later (on the way to buy the Wii) I discovered that I'd missed a call on my mobile. I listened to the message to find it was the Junior School Principal saying she would discuss the incident next visit. From her message it sounds like one of the parents said something rather nasty and uncalled for to the teacher. If that's the case, way to set your child up for a positive school experience there mum/dad!

16 comments:

Stomper Girl said...

That poor teacher. Like it's not hard enough managing a class full of hooligans (and Chickie who was obviously good

Mailyn said...

I think the last game console was Nintendo back when it came with Mario Brothers or something. LOL.

Gnat of Glass said...

Love the Wii, we have one. MiniMolli is the boxing machine.

Reserve judgement on the teacher either way. No one knows what happend. I tend to side with teachers because parents can be blind "NOT MY CHILD!" on so many many things.

Best of luck.

Gnat.
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KindaBlue said...

Fortunately, I never encountered any unpleasant parents in my (brief) teaching career. I cannot imagine that anything that could drive a teacher to tears could possibly be justified, though.

What used to happen is that parents would automatically trust teachers until they had good reason not to. Somehow, more parents these days - rightly or wrongly - seem to be suspicious of "authority figures".

It therefore is considerably more difficult for teachers to discharge their responsibilities in loco parentis when they are not given the implicit, automatic trust and support they need.

Dogbait said...

TP comes home in tears every day! Only joking! In 35 years, she has never had a nasty parent, just some irritable ones so she has been lucky.

Things have changed so much now that she is really hanging out for retirement in 11 months.

monicker said...

Few jobs are as difficult as those held by teachers of young children. Mostly because too many parents seem to think that teachers are baby-sitters.

Oh great One said...

Now I'M curious about the teacher as well! They have a tough job, I hope no one was ugly to her!

Mr Mans Wife said...

It's no wonder children grow up having no respect for their teachers (or any other authority) when they see their parents disrespect everyone. I live right next to a school, and let me tell you, the parents are worse than the kids. (until they grow up and become parents themselves) It's a shame there isn't a way of forcing people to remain childless until they have proved themselves responsible (but don't get me started on that one...)

Back to the Wii... I haven't tried one yet, but we do have a playstation with an eye toy! Great fun when I have the energy!

The Phosgene Kid said...

Mrs Phos is a teacher. Most of the kids are great, but their parents leave something to be desired. Some decided their responsibility for junior ended the moment the obstetrician caught the baby.

tracey petersen said...

Sorry to say that parents are generally more difficult than children. People forget that even thought their child is their highest priority, in a school they become one of twenty or twenty-five in a class. Some times parents expect the impossible.

she said: said...

Oh yeah.. I meant to comment on this. I don't actually have anything to say other than I got vicariously excited about your wii.

R2K said...

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Hannah said...

I'm so jealous of your Wii...I so want one :)

I was also lucky enough not to meet any unpleasant parents when I was teaching, though I know a couple were escorted from the premises (I've got a mental block on how to spell that...)...

The Phosgene Kid said...

Toss the remote through the screen yet???

nikki said...

I love the fact that the directions actually mention one should "take a break." I hope the teacher incident smooths over without more tears!

caramaena said...

Well, we'll find out tomorrow what happened with the teacher - presumably.

The Wii is going great, and no phos, I haven't tossed the remote through the tv yet! We do have to put a line across the floor that Chickie has to stay behind though, as he has this worrying tendency to get closer and closer to the tv.

Oh and nikki - the break suggestion actually pops up after you play a few games of the Wii sports. Still makes me laugh a bit.