One of our club members spied this on Twitter recently and sent it over to us – and it got us thinking. Was the child’s answer wrong or right?
Clearly the child’s answer was not what the teacher was wanting!
But this child is left-handed, and their answer is a great demonstration of how reverse writing comes more naturally to left-handers, especially at a young age.
A left-handed child learning to write is probably still getting to grips with the ‘correct’ direction that writing should go in. Therefore, it may make perfect sense to the child that ‘reversing’ the direction of the answer also reverses the meaning of the answer.
Looking at it another way, let’s imagine that the exercise was to use the symbols for ‘is more than’ and ‘is less than’ – ‘<’ and ‘>’ – then the child would have been correct to ‘reverse’ the answer in this way.
41 > 36
86 < 90
Thanks to the tireless work of the Left Handers Club, among others, teachers these days are much better at supporting left-handed children with their writing. But this is an example of left-handed thinking – and how do you best support a child with that? Should you tell the child they are just plain wrong, or try and explain to the child that although this solution ‘feels’ right to them, it isn’t the conventional way of answering?
What do you think? Leave a comment below.