Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

Well...at least he's exhibiting social interaction with a friend and isn't off task alone! (I'm forever looking for silver linings.)
I'm optimistic that as the curriculum gets more difficult, his interest will kick in at some point. I'm holding out hope for that with you. :-)


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I have to say I can't help smiling when I think about him doing "multi-player mode" in the classroom...I know I shouldn't find it funny (the teacher in me wants to frown), but I can't help it!

And...I love silver linings!


mouse's picture mouse

I know those moments well and try to take solace in the creativity and intelligence they display. I'm currently waiting to see which teacher Scooter will have next year to help me figure out how well some of his antics are likely to go over.

Something that also just crossed my mind is how much I hated oral lessons throughout school, because I just do not process information that way. I learned to look at the teacher with feigned interest (and later to hunch over my notes like I was engrossed, though sometimes I slept) and just wait until I could consult a visual representation of the information. Of course, the teacher-me wants to explain to the student-me that important information not found in the book often appears in lectures, but that doesn't change that I hate trying to tease out that information without some visual reinforcement.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

L. definitely doesn't process oral info well. He needs to process things visually, and experientially...I wish he could learn to feign interest!


gillie's picture gillie

My nephew also doesn't process verbal instructions well, particularly if it's something "abstract." The one example my BIL uses to illustrate this is the concept of cleaning one's room. You tell B to clean his room, and it's like you've grown a second head or something. But if you give him a concrete step-by-step plan on how to do so, he does better with the verbal. But he's still much better with visual/tangible stuff in his learning.

As to L's convo with A? That's utterly priceless!

Amie


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

L. has never been able to just "clean his room" or follow any other type of verbal, abstract command and it used to drive us absolutely nuts until we figured out what was going on. But you're right--if we take out bins and get working sorting things together we can get his room cleaned.

I know--I'm still smiling about the conversation. However, he missed getting instructions on his geography homework today because he was so busy playing his fantasy DS.