The Spelling Bee winner is….

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My daughter is in year 4 of primary school and so has reached the stage of having more complex words to learn each week that she is expected to practice and learn at home.  The spellings for this week came home in the format of a letter that had been signed off by the year teachers and which the parent/guardian is expected to sign to say that they have tested their child.

Nothing out of the ordinary in that, except the letter not only had two grammatical errors in it, but also a rather embarrassing spelling mistake.  I’m afraid I could not resist the temptation to circle the offending areas in pen.  I did, however, draw the line at writing “could do better” but the temptation was definitely there!

So what are you supposed to do when the teachers are making mistakes?  I don’t know about you, but I tend to feel ever so slightly intimidated by teachers – probably stems from my own school days and issues my mother had with teachers on numerous occasions.

My daughter had her spelling test on Friday and got 9/9 – wonderful I thought to myself, but I do have to wonder whether or not the teacher will even notice the circled points on their letter, let alone acknowledge and/or do anything about it.  If the errors are not noticed, am I failing my child in not bringing it more to the attention of the teacher, or even Head teacher?

Now, I actually help out at this school, on a voluntary basis, on a Thursday and Friday afternoon so I know several of the teachers and staff there, so I do feel in something of a quandary as to what I should do.  I think I will leave it alone now.  Should any further errors be noticed in future letters, I do think it will be time to go and have a word…. what would you say though???

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  • Kate Scott

    Hehe!! I’d find this sooo frustrating! My children don’t go to school but if they did, aside from circling the mistakes as you did (excellent idea) I’d probably point them out to my child and tell them that it shows that everyone makes mistakes and even teachers aren’t perfect, and how we judge people by those mistakes…perhaps all the more reason to do well in those spelling tests?? :-)

  • Kate Scott

    Or….and this is a bit naughty…you could ask if it was a deliberate test to spot the spelling mistakes and how clever it was!!!? ;-)

  • Angela Boothroyd

    When my eldest daughter was at primary school, one of the words given for her class to learn for their spelling test was spelt incorrectly on the printed sheet she’d brought home. I pointed this out to her and she told her teacher about it the next morning. He told her it was OK and that it was spelt correctly, but she was adamant it was incorrect. He checked it in the dictionary and sure enough it was spelt incorrectly :-)

  • Morag Gaherty

    There is nothing I loathe more (OK, maybe chewing gum) than poor spelling and grammar, especially from the people who are supposed to be teaching your child. I was raised in a house of grammatical Nazis, so was regularly corrected by my parents, and I do so with my own children. How frustrating is it to go through life never learning the correct spelling for something, in case it stifles your precious creativity?

    I once nearly ripped a child’s work off the wall at my niece’s school, because the teacher had written “Your a Star!” at the bottom, so that I could take it to show the headteacher in high dudgeon. Grrr. Even my children know that a contraction of two words is formed by using an apostrophe where the missing letter should be. It’s a simple enough rule to learn.

    Oh, and don’t be frightened of teachers. You are probably older and better educated, for one thing. There is nothing special about being a teacher at all that should make you feel inferior. If it helps, try thinking of them naked. It’s supposed to put you at ease for interviews!

  • Kate Scott

    I agree Morag, your instead of you’re, there instead of their and….my absolute pet hate…saying Haitch instead of Aitch…all drive me MAD!!!! My children probably think i’m a grammatical nazi too, but I’m proud that at 8 and 10 years they can spot a double negative a mile away!! ;-)