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Lively and boisterous....Would you say this is a negative comment?

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Aimsmum Fri 22-Apr-05 10:54:09

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cod Fri 22-Apr-05 10:54:56

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cod Fri 22-Apr-05 10:55:19

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zebraX Fri 22-Apr-05 10:56:01

wouldn't bother me if my child were described that way. I would look at it constructively, what does boisterous mean but "full of energy"? "Insecure and subdued" would be negative...

lunavix Fri 22-Apr-05 10:56:06

Boisterous tends to mean a little difficult to control doesn't it?
Lively definately doesn't seem negative.

If you are confused/want to discuss the comments with the teacher, go for it.

morningpaper Fri 22-Apr-05 10:56:12

lively = good, boisterous = not so good

cod Fri 22-Apr-05 10:56:25

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Potty1 Fri 22-Apr-05 10:58:46

I think its a ds's teacher once said that she wouldn't mind if he swore at her, she just wanted him to speak - now they can't shut him up. She'll calm down when she gets a bit older.

Aimsmum Fri 22-Apr-05 11:00:47

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firestorm Fri 22-Apr-05 11:28:30

i agree with zebraX i would far rather my child be called lively & boisterous than "insecure and subdued"

Aimsmum Fri 22-Apr-05 14:15:31

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zebraX Fri 22-Apr-05 14:20:09

yes, coddy, who would b so foolish as 2 run the risk of being confused w/ me?

goldenoldie Fri 22-Apr-05 15:14:42

"lively and boisterous" - translates as out-of-control and difficult to me.

Twiglett Fri 22-Apr-05 15:19:36

in context it sounds a good comment, out of context not so good

I wouldn't get hung up on the semantics myself

Aimsmum Fri 22-Apr-05 15:48:47

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Aimsmum Fri 22-Apr-05 15:48:48

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Prettybird Fri 22-Apr-05 16:23:58

I'd agree with the others - wouldr ather that than "passive and subdued".

But I can see your concern - the "althugh" suggest some form of "but".

Talk to the nursery and get a better feel for what they meant. FWIW, having met her I'd have described your dd as "lively and enthusiastic". Boisterous isn't the workd that would have come to mind - but then Princes Square isn't exactly the place to be boisterous in (although ds did his best !).

Maybe the nursery should have worded it along the lines of "lively and enthusaistic, she brings the same energy to other taks" (... and is a joy to teach !)

How is her ear?

Aimsmum Fri 22-Apr-05 16:50:57

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happymerryberries Fri 22-Apr-05 17:21:32

I'm a teacher, and I agree with cod. 'A Bit, but'

Prettybird Mon 25-Apr-05 12:58:55

Aimsmum - things are trundling along. A few wee issues I'm having to deal with - dh has fallen out with my brother and things are a bit awkward. We used to all go across to my mum and dad every Sunday night for a "family" dinner - dh wont go any more and is even unhappy about the fact that I'm still going across with ds. But we will get throguh it (I hope).

I asked dh what he thought about "although lively anf boisterous" and he too thought that the "althoguh" made it sound negative. Although ( now that you gave given us the whole paragraph, it deosn't sound so bad in context. Still wouldn't have described your dd that way though!

tigermoth Mon 25-Apr-05 13:06:04

I havent read the other messages but regarding lively and boisterous, I hope not as teachers have referred to my sons this way. Usually spoken though. 'Enthusiastic, happy and energetic' are the words usually written reports, a bit like 'needs to focus more' which I take it means 'can be lazy'.

happymerryberries Mon 25-Apr-05 17:48:13

Levely and boistrous on their own are not a danger sign in teacher speak. Coupled with 'finds it difficult to consider the needs of others', 'can sometimes make relevant comments in class' and 'can, on occasion, produce work of a satisfactory standard', you should worry.

L & B can ofetn be used to describe what my dear old non-pc ma used to call 'a real boy'.

Look at the whole picture is the key. I have used L & B to describe some of my y10 boys who have just got straight A*s in their module tests. They are lively, over chatty, sometimes silly, need to concentrate, crap at presentation, chaotic with their home work, utterly brilliant and the best fun I have all week!

happymerryberries Mon 25-Apr-05 17:49:40

Needs to focus more is 'don't drift off topic' in my book, ie stop daydreaming Son, we have work to do! Lazy is 'needs to apply himself so that he meets his targets/reaches his potential.

Caligula Mon 25-Apr-05 18:16:07

It sounds like there's a bit missing. "Although lively and boisterous, DD can apply similar enthusiasm to other tasks" just doesn't make sense. It sounds like one of those wonderful translations that you get from that website - is it Babelfish?

Aimsmum Wed 27-Apr-05 20:14:12

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