Pressure and speed to learn

How quickly do you move through a complex topic? Is it just something that ‘has’ to get done on your way to somewhere or something else or is it just being required to be completed by someone else and you have no choice?

Kids often get accused of not listening or not engaging properly with the adults and it is then thought to be a potential sign of ADD/ADHD.

One of the big issues to think through are the starting points of a conversation. Who is in control? Plus another part of this is to also look at is the task. What is being asked of someone to be done? Are they choosing to not listen on purpose so that they can protect themselves from needing to engage and interact with someone?

Simply because kids ‘walk’ through the same list of steps of a task doesn’t mean that they are ‘seeing’ all of the task. If I am being forced to do something then I might go through it really quickly because I just want to get it over and done with so that I can get away from you. This might be obvious to others in the timing and immediate sequence of activities that get positioned immediately before something and immediately after something. The time demands for exact precision over when something needs to be completed are NOT a good indicator of enjoyment or motivation to complete a task. E.g. being told to turn up to someone else’s house to play and only playing with the precise toy that is given to you rather than being able to play actively together in a way that suits both children isn’t something that can be enjoyable for the child forced into that specific way of engaging with someone. But the tricky part is, if that is all that is on offer then that may be what they need to take, otherwise they may have no access to that person again to play with / or to spend time in that environment. How many kids are friends because someone else’s house has something that you don’t have in your own? So the kids want to go and spend time with the other child simply because of a Nintendo or a Playstation. How many kids need to beg their parents for certain items and absolutely need the item to be there on a certain date before they then interact with another child? So the query becomes, was it for the child in the first place or was it to alleviate any issues with the child that they were then going to interact with. So if I have ‘this’ new item then you will like me, you will play with me, ‘nicely’.

 

When you are trying to work out where to start its important to consider ‘if’ you have a home base first? Is there somewhere that generally everyone is dictated to that you are ‘supposed’ to start? If so, in this particular activity, is it incredibly clear that this was the place identified for everyone to be aware of? Or does size provide a certain level of importance? Or is it colour? Or is it a huge target like pattern that stands out because it something that is highly visible because of its shape, design and positioning compared to everything else in the first place.

When you set off on your journey through challenging days and tasks do you consider whether others would be putting in to place obstacles in front of you for you to try and manage or do you have a set agenda of things that you want to achieve because in theory its your body and you get to make the decisions about what happens to it?

 

When a pathway is presented to you and there is a visible obstacle or complex task that is placed there for you to solve. How do YOU respond?

Is it PREDICTABLE how you are going to respond? Yup. To others who work with these types of issues all of the time it is possible to predict exactly where someone will falter with a task. It might not be possible to predict exactly how overloaded they will get but it IS possible to predict what will happen in that they will struggle and potentially get upset. Is that what happens traditionally when someone has to turn things upside down to look at it from underneath? With things like a Lego model is it possible to lift it up and turn it around and look at it at all angles to determine how the parts get linked together? Is that helpful or is that a typical strategy that everyone uses to approach this type of model? For other types of models the complexity may mean that it is impossible to pick it up to look at how it fits together because it will fall apart. It doesn’t matter how well things have been put together and how squashed or how much pressure has been used, simply because of the shape of the model itself it will not cope with the person who handles it when they are too rough. Lots of individuals struggle with grading the amount of pressure when interacting with complex things and may not on purpose break it.

 

How quickly do you move through a complex topic? Is it just something that ‘has’ to get done on your way to somewhere or something else or is it just being required to be completed by someone else and you have no choice?

Kids often get accused of not listening or not engaging properly with the adults and it is then thought to be a potential sign of ADD/ADHD.

One of the big issues to think through are the starting points of a conversation. Who is in control? Plus another part of this is to also look at is the task. What is being asked of someone to be done? Are they choosing to not listen on purpose so that they can protect themselves from needing to engage and interact with someone?

Simply because kids ‘walk’ through the same list of steps of a task doesn’t mean that they are ‘seeing’ all of the task. If I am being forced to do something then I might go through it really quickly because I just want to get it over and done with so that I can get away from you. This might be obvious to others in the timing and immediate sequence of activities that get positioned immediately before something and immediately after something. The time demands for exact precision over when something needs to be completed are NOT a good indicator of enjoyment or motivation to complete a task. E.g. being told to turn up to someone else’s house to play and only playing with the precise toy that is given to you rather than being able to play actively together in a way that suits both children isn’t something that can be enjoyable for the child forced into that specific way of engaging with someone. But the tricky part is, if that is all that is on offer then that may be what they need to take, otherwise they may have no access to that person again to play with / or to spend time in that environment. How many kids are friends because someone else’s house has something that you don’t have in your own? So the kids want to go and spend time with the other child simply because of a Nintendo or a Playstation. How many kids need to beg their parents for certain items and absolutely need the item to be there on a certain date before they then interact with another child? So the query becomes, was it for the child in the first place or was it to alleviate any issues with the child that they were then going to interact with. So if I have ‘this’ new item then you will like me, you will play with me, ‘nicely’.

 

When you are trying to work out where to start its important to consider ‘if’ you have a home base first? Is there somewhere that generally everyone is dictated to that you are ‘supposed’ to start? If so, in this particular activity, is it incredibly clear that this was the place identified for everyone to be aware of? Or does size provide a certain level of importance? Or is it colour? Or is it a huge target like pattern that stands out because it something that is highly visible because of its shape, design and positioning compared to everything else in the first place.

When you set off on your journey through challenging days and tasks do you consider whether others would be putting in to place obstacles in front of you for you to try and manage or do you have a set agenda of things that you want to achieve because in theory its your body and you get to make the decisions about what happens to it?

 

When a pathway is presented to you and there is a visible obstacle or complex task that is placed there for you to solve. How do YOU respond?

Is it PREDICTABLE how you are going to respond? Yup. To others who work with these types of issues all of the time it is possible to predict exactly where someone will falter with a task. It might not be possible to predict exactly how overloaded they will get but it IS possible to predict what will happen in that they will struggle and potentially get upset. Is that what happens traditionally when someone has to turn things upside down to look at it from underneath? With things like a Lego model is it possible to lift it up and turn it around and look at it at all angles to determine how the parts get linked together? Is that helpful or is that a typical strategy that everyone uses to approach this type of model? For other types of models the complexity may mean that it is impossible to pick it up to look at how it fits together because it will fall apart. It doesn’t matter how well things have been put together and how squashed or how much pressure has been used, simply because of the shape of the model itself it will not cope with the person who handles it when they are too rough. Lots of individuals struggle with grading the amount of pressure when interacting with complex things and may not on purpose break it.

 

Being able to analyse a models instructions quickly can also be something that aids in the speed of construction versus can make things go very slowly. Advanced warning of having participated in these types of models instructions before can help others know where to look and where to make up for the lack of particular instructions that suit you as an individual.

 

   

Just from looking at these instructions (above) can you tell how long these models will take to make?

Oh, sorry you can’t see the whole thing, so you didn’t realise that there are actually more pages and that this is only part of the rest of the model that are hidden on other pages.

Did I let you look through the book? Did I talk you through how many pieces there are or have I not put them up on the table yet so that you can’t see what I’ve got?

After all, these are JUST a set of instructions. Its JUST Lego. So surely you can do these? Surely there are no differences in these types of models? Are they not built in the same way? Do they not have the same starting points? Do they not have the same exact pieces?

Did you know that there are people who go and buy up kits to pull out the ‘prize’ pieces and sell them at higher prices because they are so valuable? Building unique models can require all of the expensive pieces.