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Jo

Soon enough he will understand the "project" that is school. The whole performance aspect and etc.

e

well, he's probably destined to be math-phobic, is what, but you can prevent that entirely by introducing the abstractions that math really is before they screw it up for him. They wanna know what 1+1 is; he will wanna know what "1" actually IS. creativity is always a hindrance in arithmetic and I'm here to tell you that if you fall off in arithmetic they don't let you get to math and you're 43 before you discover that it's the creative stuff you were looking for all along but now it's too late. But you can fix that, you probably already have introduced him to it. you just hafta let him know THAT's math, before they get in there with the fucking multiplication tables. Bah.

Remember, to Them, the creative child is learning diabled. Oh, and save your post. You'll need it when talking to The Powers That Be, who often are known to Be Incredibly Stupid.

elswhere

I am in awe of your school-strategy-coaching brilliance.

Many of the teachers I know do indeed recognize that creative kids can also be *smart*. She didn't say she thought he was learning-disabled, just that he was having trouble finishing his work and was easily distracted--which was true; she just didn't know the amazing stuff he was "distracting" himself with! She was reporting what she observed, from what you say, which is a good teacherly thing to do.

If she *is* a good teacher, she'll also listen to what you have to say about him and will realize that what she's got here is a brilliant kid--it bears remembering that she didn't have all the information (since it was a secret). So I wouldn't write her off just yet. You may have to feed her info, though; once she understands he's got whole internal worlds going on, she can work with him better.

It does sound like it was an extremely dopey worksheet, though. Drawing all those cars? That would've taken me forever, and I was very good at all that linear school stuff. I just hate to draw.

badgerbag

He just wrote me a whole page of "fast letters".

I'm not looking forward to when they torture them with phonics... I noticed that from like 10:45 to 10:58 every day on their schedule they study "phonemic awareness". For fuck's sake!


Barak

Draw four red cars? Sheesh.

Tell him that the "super secret thing" about math is that it's about speed (while of course getting the answer right). I like the 'draw a rectangle and pretend it's a car' thing.

badgerbag

I'm not writing her off... I was just feeling that I could see the way it COULD all go. Actually I think it will be just fine! I'm all over it!

Rook

Hello from Kore@! I was working some on the math skills. He's fine at all the basic math, he just needs to get used to the conventions of answering questions and so forth.

Once I return to the country I will renew my efforts at proper indoctrination to make him a proper physicist's son.

whump

"phonemic awareness", heh.

Why do phonemes hate Freedomâ„¢?

TW

Giggle, he sounds like my kids. I think the reason it took them years to figure out the boy child was "gifted" was because he was so sloowwwwwwwwwwwww or just downright plain not interested. Still think he could do with some of those fast lessons. He is starting middle school this year and has to change classes. His reaction to his schedule: "oh good, I don't have to leave homeroom right away because my first class is there and then my next class is across the hall" Sigh. Wonder if he will make the long walk from the bus to class in time for homeroom.

elswhere

I was telling RW this story and she said she knew a kid when she was a kid--a family friend--who was brilliant but totally didn't "get" school. He used to do the first problem or two in the problem sets, figure out the concept, and then just leave the rest of it blank because why bother if he understood it? Drove everyone crazy but she thought he was great.

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