Son came back from school with news of a maths test tomorrow. So we probably won’t get round to looking at the French Test which is Thursday. It seems like test after test. When I was at school the only test was really the daily trying to avoid being eaten by the Sabertooth Tiger.

Son wanted to have a look at angles. So we went through a number of angles listing them as acute, right, obtuse or reflex. Went well until he started to struggle. As soon as you started rotating the picture and he couldn’t process the information. For example these angles proved very easy for him.

Yet with the same angles but reversed he couldn’t visualise them at all.

This replicates some of the stuff we have encountered with the way he scans words and number patterns. Maybe it’s something he can work on. Maybe it’s something he just has to adapts to. It was an area the Health Service wanted to look at but the specialist team was closed due to budget cuts.

I need talk. I remember putting together an IKEA wardrobe. The bloody wooden demon took 2 days to assemble. It wasn’t until I came to stage 85 out of 86 that I realised I had put it together back to front. The door side screwed to the wall and the rear happily facing out. Partner not impressed with the idea of maybe knocking the wall through so we could gain access to the wardrobe from the kitchen.

46 thoughts on “Angles

  1. You angle pictures remind me of my Dad opening his arms to different angles to teach me. Different size hugs. I had to say if his arms were ready for a-cute hug, a right hug etc.
    My Dad left school without any exams. When he was about fifty? he went to night school so he could do a GCSE in maths. However…before I even started primary school at the age of four or five he would spend evenings with me trying to get me to work through maths books for sixteen year old kids. I can honestly say, the maths he taught me at home was probably not something I ever needed to use during primary school. But the time we spent together in those home maths lessons was so wonderful.

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  2. That is interesting how your mind and your son’s work – and IKEA is tough. I like those meme’s I see laughing at IKEA. A favorite is a picture of the necessary ingredients to bake a cake laid out (flour, butter, sugar…) and the meme reads “Happy birthday, IKEA – Here’s your cake” 🙂

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  3. I am reading an incredible book entitled “The Brain that Changes Itself” by Norman Doidge. It deals with so many of the uniquenesses of brain that your son seems to be dealing with and offers incredible solutions. I know you are a busy man, but I think you might find it well worth your time to read the book. Or, at the least, derive hope from it.

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  4. All the tests are so that the administration can quickly and easily point to the accumulated results to show that they are keeping up to the set standards for each year of student academia at their school and so the government can keep track of how ‘well’ UK students are doing compared to their OECD counterparts (The answer to the latter is: ‘Poorly’).

    The concept of actually teaching the kids in the manner in which they learn and retain the information better doesn’t come into it. 😦

    ‘Budget cuts’… AAAAARGGGHHHH!!! (And I’m not a Parent!!!) 😦 😦

    ??? What was the missus’s problem? A kitchen access to the bedroom wardrobe is a beautiful solution… and probably quicker and less mentally devastating than having to take the stupid thing apart and reassemble it the other ‘right’ way around! 🙂 (“Not that right – your OTHER right!”)

    Hmmm…. rotational inequalities?? Interesting…..

    How does he go telling time from a clockface or wristwatch (non digital)? What if you rotate the face from his point of view? Could you help him see things from an un-usual perspective. (the same thing looks different, but isn’t, just the view of it is. Not an obvious concept!)


      1. I thought he might – i assume digital watches are no problem though?

        Have you shown him the ‘spelling’ calculator tricks? How some numbers turned upside- down make word phrases. (Do kids even use calculators in school anymore??)

        Remember 710.77345? (turn it upside-down makes ShELLOIL)? He could have ‘filters’ such that only seeing something in one particular orientation/presentation makes any sense for him; a sort of ability to see in a ‘one directional linear’ fashion but not a ‘circular’ one (VERY generally speaking!) Practicing a new way of seeing ‘old’ familiar things may help extend his abilities to recognise certain patterns, particularly letters and numbers. It might even make studying more fun?

        Just some thoughts.

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  5. I am dyslexic and like this with maps, I have to turn them to the direction I am moving in or did before sat navs. I whole heartily relate to the ikea story, my nemesis. I brought some ikea storage units once and the first one took me two days and multiple attempt to put together. My friend Paula popped over and put the second two up in an hour! Watching her was like ‘what is this sorcery!’ Especially as she SMILED her way through it. That just not right is it?

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  6. IKEA and other flat pack systems are a piece of cake for me and I can’t understand why others find them so difficult. On the other hand I have to orientate a map so that North on the map aligns with true North. Similarly I need to face east to remember which hand is left or right. Go figure 😊

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  7. Ha! We inherited an IKEA shelf that the original owner had mixed up a bit. My husband painstakingly removed the nails and the plastic can screw things …and put it all together with the bottom shelf faced the wrong direction. We called it good enough.

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  8. My problem was probability at school, and I cheated on my homework once. teacher said either my dice were loaded or I didn’t do the full 100 rolls.
    Ah, wardrobes. Hubby built one into the recess in our semi and we bought concertina doors. It all went together swimmingly but he couldn’t work out what was wrong with the picture until I pointed out he’d put one door on upside down.

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