Friday, 12 July 2013

S*#t happens...


It's been a constant battle to get E to go to school willingly. Everything was going very well until year 7 and then bang. We've just about reached the end of year 10 and I am not the only one dreading year 11.

Recently we had one of those major crying episodes which are always hard to follow, a nightmare to lip read. I usually walk away until the crying is over. This time it was about work load. Having had a few moaning sessions previously I was short on patience and understanding (heck she used up all my P&U a long time ago!). So I simply said, well you can either fail some of the exams or choose to figure out a work schedule. Imagine here, if you will, wails of, 'you don't understand...' Kids never realise you've been there, done it and got the t shirt do they?! I refrain from suggesting that O Levels were harder in my day!

The next morning she casually told me she'd done a mind map and felt better. Later that morning I had a look at it. Well OK, so I've failed on the language side of things but I've definitely passed on one of the most useful things I learnt from my Mum, and that was simply that problems never look so bad when they're down on paper!

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  1. This is a brilliant mind map! Can I borrow the pic to show my yr11 class when they are complaining about their work load? Its a great way of o them to visualise and prioritise!

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    1. Yeah go ahead Mitch, perfect for 11 year olds but without the language! J x

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  2. ha! quite brilliant! she clearly has a great sense of humour!

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    1. Is that what you call it? Lol. J x

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  3. I loves that!
    Sums the whole thing up.
    Emma x

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    1. A mother's mind map with the same title could be interesting! J x

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