It’s the end of another school at home week. These weeks are just merging into each other now.
School at home has gone pretty well over those whatever weeks. Son has adjusted well to it. He’s been pretty relaxed but we have a cloud on the horizon. Next week the school is starting to bring in virtual classrooms and live teaching via Microsoft Teams. Son hates the thought of being videoed. He really struggles with it. Plus with the other kids present he will retreat into his shell again. So this new teaching development has filled him with dread. The technology will work. Will it work for all kids. Will it work for those kids with special educational needs. That’s a bridge to cross next week.
The other thing which has stood out is observing the impact a slight change in school routine can have on our son. And it’s not just the virtual classroom idea. Sudden and unscheduled changes in teaching style, teacher, timetables…. All these have a major impact on him. He becomes deeply unsettled and stressed out. This really compromises his performance. I’m not 100% certain schools are aware of the impact these things have on kids on the spectrum.
But back to this week. What has this slightly bewildered parent learnt.
- Son can walk, eat, drink and use his iPad at the same time with ease. I struggle to walk without crashing into walls.
- Two words have the immediate effect of sending me into the kitchen to eat junk food and find coffee. French and Drama….
- How many lessons does a kid need just going on about how to make puff pastry. Surely Food Technology can find another food to look at.
- Apparently the term for you arm hairs standing on end is Piloerection…
- When I get the feeling that I am right and the science teacher is wrong on magnetic fields, it’s probably best to fact check my knowledge first……
- Occasionally giving a kid a little constructive feedback on work might be a good idea. Most teachers do. Unfortunately some teachers give nothing back. That’s something like 13 weeks with nothing. Really…
- Practicing tennis in the garden is difficult when you can’t find any tennis balls.
- Practicing tennis in the garden is difficult without balls and it’s chucking it down.
- Practicing tennis in the garden is difficult without balls, in the rain when you can’t find the tennis racquets.
- Online French classes seem to drain the iPad battery much quicker than any other subject. This is bizarre as French vocabulary seems to have exactly the same effect on me.
- It’s rather emasculating when your Son decides to film his own art cartoon project. The words maybe getting the cartoon in focus might be a good idea do sting….
- When your son has Dyspraxia and Dad has basically got the artistic talent of a Brussels Sprout – trying to free draw a pie chart on the iPad is basically a waste of time.
- iPad voice recognition works with hundreds of languages but can’t handle anyone speaking with a Yorkshire Twang. For example how difficult can it be for a machine to understand someone saying ‘Royalty’. As hard as Son tried the iPad kept hearing Roll over and when I tried it heard Reality. Remind me not to try it with a word like luck.
- I can’t remember how to programme the microwave or where I left the TV remote control but somehow I can remember school calculus. How is that possible.
- The school has done a great job in getting the school at home IT working. But it hasn’t cut down the paper usage. Since the project started in April we have used up a full ream of paper….
So another week down. I get the feeling next week will see the return of the really sarcastic parent….