spell check

United States
April 16, 2012 3:13pm CST
Now I don't claim to be the grandest at spelling nor umpteen other things in life. But the other week the school district sent out a notice to sign up to get your kids fitted with bike helmets. Mind you the date was off, they had a day of the week and then the day, which didn't match up it's like me saying today is Friday April 16, 2012... when it's Monday KWIM? I questioned the secretary when the form was actually due and the error, "oh they probably used the same form as last year and forgot to change the date" OK, but really couldn't proof it over before sending out this form district wide? I wonder how many other parents noticed? Then today I found a sheet I need to give to the kid's tutor of words to work on. It says "Maybe ______'s tutor coud work on these sheets with her". Now this lady is her LD teacher and has been on my DD's case about proper punctuation with her writing and spelling. Does anyone else see a spelling error in my quoted text? I know it's mean but you know how do you criticize a 9yo who's dyslexic for her writing skills when she can't spell herself?!?! I dunno it just gave me a chuckle. If you knew how all knowing the staff acts there you'd laugh too.
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@jndlponti (2413)
• Philippines
17 Apr 12
I were to be the district school head I would probably ask my secretary or any language teacher in my district to edit my work before distributing it. There were just some people who are not really good with that skill.
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• United States
17 Apr 12
Yes but the irony is the fact that one instance it was a TEACHER someone who's job is to provide supportive services to my child who is dyslexic and gets on my child about her spelling and grammar but yet makes errors herself. Some of the teachers there act like they are worth their weight in gold!
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@jndlponti (2413)
• Philippines
17 Apr 12
That is also true. I myself is a teacher and being in that field and knowing some teachers who had the same mistake they did on what you have just said, and they pretended sometimes they are more than what we think they are. Though as a teacher I am not judging my co dressers but it is just personality differences. I just had this student who I was tutoring with, though I am a math teacher I notice the mistake the student I was tutoring on her book, so I made a note to the teacher and he "I think" correct his mistake to the class. The next time I notice another mistake and that same teacher give me negative response, my tutored student said "my teacher said I should not always listen to whatever my tutor teacher said"...
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@sid556 (31005)
• United States
17 Apr 12
That's funny. I know when they are hyper-critical, it makes it so tempting to point out their own errors. I know we all make mistakes but I think I would expect more from a teacher. On the flip side of the hyper-critical are the teachers that don't correct spelling or punctuation at all. There are so many kids graduating from highschool that don't know these things. There should be a happy medium somewhere, heh?
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@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
17 Apr 12
hi 3snugglebunnies I am not great at spelling but it's more that I try to type as fast as my brain works and thus typos galore but good old spelling checker on firefox red lines my errors and I try to correct before hitting post. that teacher with her tutor coud work needs to proof read her work before sending it out to the parents. teachers surely are supposed to know how to spell could for heavens' sakes.yes it would give pause to me too if I had a nine year old dyslexic child and a teacher who could not spell could.
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• United States
17 Apr 12
Hurry Hatley! You figured out the word and read what I was asking! It just left me speechless how they are working with her to spell and read but the LD teacher can't spell could. WTH?!?! And after the continuing cr@p in our state that the teachers union started w/ our governor and trying to recall him because of the school districts now having the right to force the teachers to contribute to their medical costs and pensions.. and the Unions don't like it. Poor Babies! Do you think anyone gave this teacher a spelling test before she graduated? got hired? You can't spell and then complain about your 77K in wages & 30k in benifits?!?! Dang I make minimum wage and I can spell and have enough brains to know not to send something out to a parent or district wide w/o proof reading it.
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@sid556 (31005)
• United States
18 Apr 12
The more that you tell your story, Snugglebunnies, the more I am thinking you need to get real vocal about it. Your daughter is dyslexic so has good reasons why she might spell things wrong. As Hatley, just pointed out...we all have our moments and obviously so does the teacher that is critisizing. I don't know a lot about dyslexia but aren't there ways to work with this that do not involve meds?
@AmbiePam (49066)
• United States
17 Apr 12
My mom once got pretty upset when I came home with a note that had been sent home school wide. I was in first grade. She found spelling and grammatical errors and was kind of disturbed. I believe she spoke to my teacher about it. I mean she was working as well as my dad to send me to a private school, the least they could do was spell check.
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• United States
17 Apr 12
I would of said something surly since you are paying them to educate your child. And if a note has bad spelling errors then they could see how well they were teaching you and your siblings and take their money elsewhere!
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• United States
17 Apr 12
It is annoying when the people who are supposed to be teaching our children cannot even do what they are teaching.
• United States
17 Apr 12
Exactly!
@ErinCW (37)
• Canada
16 Apr 12
Each term when my step kids report cards come home my husband and I sit down together to read them, as I'm sure most parents do. We try to really take in what the teachers are saying so that we can best aid the kids while here at home. Each and every single term is amazes us how the "english" teacher's have spelling and grammar mistakes in their comments. Most of the other teachers comments have an error or two as well, but I think as parents, knowing these people are teaching our kids, we expect that the english teachers above all would have correctly spelled comments! The other little treat we are entitled to is that two of my step kids are twins and in the same class. Their report cards each and every term, for all 4 years that they have been in school, no matter the teacher they have had, have identical...and I mean word for word, paragraph for paragraph report cards. The only thing that will differ is the actual letter grade and maybe the addition of a small comment. I have honestly read the exact same comment on the same section of each of their report cards and then saw that their letter grade was different. If the teacher describes them verbally as having the exact same skills and abilities then why are they not receiving the same grade? I wonder is it possible that the teachers for the past 4 years have not realized that their copy and paste method of grading children is somewhat backfiring? Do they not realize that the twins are being sent home with identical comments? Sometimes I think our school systems don't quite allow for the proper evaluation and care into our children's education as they should.
• United States
17 Apr 12
I have noticed on the comments section too alot of it unless specific to your child is a cut & paste paragraph about what they have been working on that term. They must be quite over worked with all that cutting and pasting! I'll have to look on their next report card for spelling errors *lol* I have noticed alot of times they are not always complete sentences either. & Welcome to MyLot Erin!
@doroffee (4230)
• Hungary
16 Apr 12
That is so embarrassing... I mean, if I was the spelling teacher, I'd make sure about 20 times that something I write and is handed out to the kids and parents is written with flawless spelling. I can be a bit of a grammar/spelling freak (mostly when it comes to Hungarian spelling, because I'm a Hungarian, but still...), and it's kind of sad to see how professional people-companies, offices etc.-spell in letters and campaigns. My favourite one is the Hungarian department store Mammut (mammoth in English)-I mean, it is truly named off of mammoths, because when it was opened, they handed out plush mammoth toys and all that jazz... just in Hungarian, mammotuĆ³h is called and spelled mamut, with one m in the middle! So we have a grammatically wrong named department store... and that was just one example.
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• United States
17 Apr 12
It would be one thing if it was a draft or notes for ones personal use but something distributed should be flawless indeed!
@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
16 Apr 12
I actually had a similar complaint during this past school session, but I didn't say anything to anyone. Spelling and grammar count for 10% of each grade for each written assignment. In one particular assignment the teacher said if we don't use all caps (on a practice medical claim) we'd automatically lose 10 points.. even for 1 lower case letter. So these tiny little things add up big time and I could lose my A grade for something so minimal. Yet in my final exam directions the teacher said we were to do a practice claim for patient Jose Valasquez, case study 16.3. The problem was, case study 16.3 was Donna Green. Jose Valasquez was actually case study 16.13. Her little typo is actually enough to make someone do the completely wrong assignment and probably get a 0! That wasn't the only typo. When I went to upload that particular claim to the drop box, the directions on the drop box said to upload part 2 of the final project, but it was supposed to be the drop box for part 3 of the final project. Again, a minor error that could lead to a huge mistake if someone didn't take the time to make sure they were doing things right. There were many other typos and errors this session.. in discussion, in instructions, in announcements. Each time I noticed one I did think to myself how many points I would lose off my over-all grade if I'd made a similar mistake. Anyway, I'm really glad this session is over! It seemed like it was nothing but problems. The quizzes we take are usually automatically graded, but in one class for some reason all the answers were wrong, so the teacher had to go in each week and correct each quiz herself, and she couldn't figure out how to correct the problem in the system. Then, earlier on in one of the classes we had to do some assignments on a different website, but the teacher hadn't loaded the right class for us. All the assignments said they were past due and we couldn't get into them because we were all registered in a previous course that had finished instead of the correct course. It took her a few days to fix the problem. Not to mention the directions that she posted in week 2, which I downloaded and saved.. that somehow mysteriously changed before week 7 when the assignment was due, so I ended up doing the wrong assignment and had to redo the whole stinken thing!
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• United States
16 Apr 12
Nice. I think that would urk me to pieces too! You get judged but they can't judge you...hmm
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
16 Apr 12
I know one thing, If I were to work for a school system as an english teacher I'd want to make sure I knew what I was talking about and correct all of my errors. It makes me wonder if they are using siri or the swype haha like they have on cellphones. Now this does make me think of when I was in school. If I remember correctly one of my teachers, I think it was a health teacher, didn't spell things right. He said tht if he wanted to spell things right he'd have become an english teacher! haha!
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• United States
16 Apr 12
Well I would think you'd have to have some brains and be proficient at spelling to be a teacher of any kind. I would think the only one who could get away with it would probably be a gym teacher *lol*
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@sishy7 (27647)
• Australia
17 Apr 12
This reminded me of something I read a while ago. Some workers were painting street sign in front of a school, and when it was finished it's spelled "Shcool" That's got to be the most embarassing mistake ever. And I think they ended up spending more money to correct it...
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• United States
17 Apr 12
Clearly they should of been back to school to get a spelling lesson. Or atleast looked ahead as I'm sure they could probably see the sign on the building that should say _______ School. Yes I've seen that before too.
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• United States
17 Apr 12
I love and practically worship the Spell Check on my Microsoft Word because I know that if I didn't have it, then I would have problems with many of my papers. When it comes to people with Dyslexia be patient, but also know that there are ways of helping these people. My friend would have her teachers write the words on the chalk board and recite them to her. She would also read books with the audio tapes, and watch films with the subtitles in them. She would also watch television with the subtext or text print on. That way she could see the words on the screen and watch people read them. For the record, my friend graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in Philosophy, and she is Dyslexic, so if she can do it, then anyone Dyslexia can. We live in an age of technology where people who have Dyslexia don't have to suffer in silence with their condition. There is so much help out there if she is really willing to learn. People with Dyslexia have to learn the form and shape of the words. Learning just the letters isn't going to cut it because of the way they see the letters, and yes, they do need Spell Check more than anything when it comes to writing papers.
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• Canada
1 May 12
I agree!! When the dates don't match up I ask "which is it? Monday, or April 17th? It can't be both." As for spelling, my mother is an educational assistant, and works with kids from special needs ranging from Dyslexia, to very severe Autism. The other day she saw a note on the board that used "their" when she should have written "they're." My mother left her response to the note, and CORRECTED the teacher's original error in RED PEN. All I could say way "BRAVO MAMA!!!" Teachers need to be PERFECT if they are going to teach. I know, nobody's perfect, and typos are possible, but to be a teacher and not know "their, they're and there" for example, is unexcuseable!