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To think DS has THE messiest maths book? -sigh-

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ds12017 Fri 31-Mar-17 03:34:49

17... and this is his neatest! His teacher is trying her best to not pull her hair out. This is his writing AFTER having to stay in at break to make it neater confusedblush

firsttimemum15 Fri 31-Mar-17 03:49:38


Thats not that messy it is fine

Bue Fri 31-Mar-17 03:51:09

That looks really neat to me! confused

MummyMuppet2x2 Fri 31-Mar-17 03:55:06

His work looks pretty neat to me smile

ds12017 Fri 31-Mar-17 03:57:38

Really? shock I promise you, compared to many, it's really not great! It's so frustrating... In a really odd way.

PenelopeFlintstone Fri 31-Mar-17 03:58:42

Compared to my 15 year old's, it's a work of art.

Plunkette Fri 31-Mar-17 04:15:13

Erm, I have high standards I'd neatness in homework and written work but that is far from the messiest maths book I've ever seen in my life.

It's legible for a start.

I'm not saying that you shouldn't set high standards but given the child is 17 I'm not sure that sharing it on the internet is the way to go really.

nooka Fri 31-Mar-17 04:33:14

I would be absolutely delighted (and amazed) if my ds (also 17) ever managed to produce something as neatly laid out as that.

I'm also amazed that the OP's teacher really is pulling out her hair - is she a very new teacher perhaps My ds's teachers have always been very supportive of his struggles with writing neatly. For everything apart from maths and physics he uses a computer, but it's not really an option when using formula.

SuperBeagle Fri 31-Mar-17 04:55:13

It's absolutely fine.

I also think at 17, he doesn't need others dictating to him whether or not his work is up to their standard. We were always told in school and at uni that as long as it was legible (which his is), it's fine.

Crankycunt Fri 31-Mar-17 05:10:42

confused looks fine. 17 years old? Unclench.

BusterGonad Fri 31-Mar-17 05:21:41

Are you serious?!?! confused

mnistooaddictive Fri 31-Mar-17 05:29:57

Is this a stealth post? Matrices = further maths. As an experienced maths teacher I would love some of my a level students to produce work half that neat!

Joey7t8 Fri 31-Mar-17 05:46:14

There are no points in maths for neatness. I work with some seriously clever people, and their working out is usually illegible scrawl.

MongerTruffle Fri 31-Mar-17 05:50:12

That is actually really neat.

MongerTruffle Fri 31-Mar-17 05:50:51

But what was it before staying in at break?

BarbarianMum Fri 31-Mar-17 06:05:52

Well that's fine but this is the work he's redone yes? I guess the original was much worse.

faithinthesound Fri 31-Mar-17 06:35:04

He's writing on the line, and (for the most part) managing to do one number/one square. This is the kind of book I would hold up to show the younger kids I work with (new entrant to, say, age ten or eleven) what they ought to aspire to.

Not everyone writes like computer font. In terms of adequacy, that is seriously good.

Passthecake30 Fri 31-Mar-17 06:43:22

That looks really good to me. I'd say the marks are awarded for the answers being correct and the work needs to be legible and easy for the marker to follow, which it is.

I've done maths at degree level and I think yabu.

TwatteryFlowers Fri 31-Mar-17 06:48:20

Are you sharing this in the hope that people on the internet would laugh at how messy it is?
It's not messy, it's quite tidy and well organised.
I don't think keeping children (can you still really call him a child at 17?) in at break will do much for his motivation tbh; I think it just risks pushing him away.

RaelImperialAerosolKid Fri 31-Mar-17 06:50:15

It's fine - your maths book is a working document - you are thinking as you go along so mistakes, crossing out, corrections are part of the process. Saying that I could show you some horrors, his teacher needs to count her blessings if this is her main focus for improvement.

Oblomov17 Fri 31-Mar-17 06:58:49

hmm looks perfectly fine to me.

Dontactlikeyouknowme Fri 31-Mar-17 07:01:20

I don't think you should be posting photos of your 17 year olds work on the internet.

feathermucker Fri 31-Mar-17 07:03:58

Is this some kind of stealth boast?! What were you hoping for OP??

This post doesn't make sense to me

Ekphrasis Fri 31-Mar-17 07:14:37

I think it's very neat.

I'm an artist and I can't be arsed with lines. I don't distinguish between left and right easily either. He's just a creative thinking out side of the box sort grin

ClopySow Fri 31-Mar-17 07:24:46


That's practically typed it's so neat.

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