Look towards the base of any wall and there are the first signs of better weather. Spring is not too far off now. Not too far off even in Yorkshire.

Let’s hope it’s a sign of better times for all.

It’s amazing what an a mobile phone camera can do. Coping with really dark and grizzly early morning weather. Almost looks light. Wonder if it could do anything transforming this muppet into something more approaching George Clooney.

Suspect not…

Wonder if George would have sworn in a broad Yorkshire accent when he looked at the latest school email. Soon we can book a slot for the 4 minute online teaching – parent discussions. 3 full email pages and 4 attachments to explain how to book slots and what can and can’t happen in those slots. It took me far longer than 4 minutes to to wade through that lot.

The fundamental problem with the option selection process is the teacher – pupil relationship. Some of the teachers do seem to understand that additional support system be needed for Hawklad. Sone even try to provide that support. But others don’t seem to get it. Maybe it’s down to time pressures, maybe it’s down to not having the chance to develop a relationship with Hawklad, maybe they don’t care. Like everything in like, just like with say parents, with teachers – you get good ones, you get ok ones and you get not so good ones. You get teachers who will get a child and you get teachers who won’t get a child.

That link is vital to any pupil. It’s vital to a pupil with Aspergers, Dyslexia and ADHD. School can’t confirm which teacher and which teaching assistant will cover each class over the upcoming two years. Pick an option and then it depends on which teaching team you are eventually allocated. 4 minutes isn’t enough to bottom that discussion out.

Not much you can do in 4 minutes. Well it’s long enough to walk to some walls and see the first signs of Spring.

51 thoughts on “First signs

  1. My eldest son was hyperactive as a child, distracted and distracting at school. One teacher used to send him to wait outside the classroom as soon as he went into the woodwork class, because ‘sooner or later he would do something wrong’. Another teacher said he would either be a genius or a dropout, and another teacher treated him kindly and he got on well with her. He’s 38 now and neither a genius or a dropout, but has a very good job as a senior account manager with a national company. It’s all to do with how you treat kids – if they’re treated well at school the teacher will get the best out of them.

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  2. Four minutes to learn a child’s ways is a lofty goal. The system itself does not understand ,most days, that education is more than curriculum. It is relationship….But then that is the nature of the world at the moment isn’t it?

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  3. I was just wondering whether you could cheat a bit and send an email ahead of time, for your discussion?
    That way you can at least maybe halve the time spend explaining what you want to talk about, you’ve already outlined that in your email!

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  4. I wish we had pretty snowdrops and daffa-down-dillys. 🌻🦋🌞

    I still think the dart method is how to choose Hawklad’s classes. No point assigning blame, but school just isn’t there for him. He’s slipped through the cracks and it’s wrong, but it is what it is.
    I still wish he’d go full homeschool. Design his own curriculum. Maybe even test out early and be done with secondary.
    💌💌💌

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  5. First off – those flowers make me a tad jealous. We won’t see a sign of spring until March -mid March at the earliest. Usually we are well into April in these parts before we can say spring is underway. Sigh.

    Secondly – four minutes is an absolute joke. Period. Exclamation point and I will throw in a what the hell question mark for good measure.

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  6. What a coincidence! We just posted some snowdrop-pictures yesterday as well.
    Great to see some more snowdrop-pictures.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Keep well
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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