Saturday, January 14, 2017

Out of the Mouths of Students

I really enjoy walking the halls of any of our schools.  You never know what will be on a bulletin board or wall.   Roosevelt had this sign on the wall recently.


13 comments:

Jet City mom said...

Doesn't anyone use spell check anymore?

Jet City mom said...
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Melissa Westbrook said...

I, too, like spell check. My point, though, was that these kids are thinking and that's more important to me than spelling.

Anonymous said...

AAACK. This is high school. Poor spelling is poor spelling. There just isn't any excuse for not picking up a dictionary or using the phone in your pocket. The mentality of spelling not being important may be fine for emerging writers, but at a certain point you lose credibility when you can't spell common words properly. Spell check doesn't work when you're putting pen to paper. My child's LA teacher has the same attitude and has a poor mastery of standard English conventions, on top of having spelling errors in many of his handouts. The LA teacher! It's awful. How confident would you be in the teacher's ability to advance student skills?

-rant over

Anonymous said...

Source of the copied MLK Jr. quote, for those interested:

"Love in Action"
http://okra.stanford.edu/transcription/document_images/Vol06Scans/July1962-March1963DraftofChapterIV,LoveinAction.pdf

It's worth a read.

-rant over

Anonymous said...

Spelling...

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/education/school-social-media-director-fired-after-correcting-student-misspelled-tweet/OwJNIAOukidyaXHoZqnkpO/

School social media director fired after correcting student's misspelled tweet

-McClureWatcher

Josh Hayes said...

Forest. Trees. Bang.

C'mon, people.

Michael Rice said...

While I appreciate the sentiment, I have to agree that spelling matters. The message, while very important, loses much of its power because of the misspelling. I spent over 20 years in the "real world" before I became a teacher and one of the first lessons I learned is that the details matter. I think this is a message that does not get emphasized enough to our students. I will say that the IB program takes the details seriously and that can be an eye-opening experience to many of our students.

Anonymous said...

maybe the kids were sped or ell


french fry

Jet City mom said...


When kids read, they learn whether a word looks right or not, and they learn enough to know if they should look up a word to check the spelling.

Has nothing to do with being Sped or ELL, if you want your message not to be diluted, you consider the presentation.

By mentioning spellcheck, I was trying to humorously draw attention to the fact that years of emphasizing technology in the classroom, has apparently impeded student ability to produce without it.

Anonymous said...

Jet City mom,
(I assume) you know nothing about this student and you are commenting on a public forum about their spelling. I might have done this 10 years ago too. But now that I have a dyslexic child, I can tell you that many very bright children have to work incredibly hard to learn to spell well. It can take into their 20's. Because 15% of children are dyslexic (and please understand that dyslexia occurs across the intelligence spectrum) it is very possible that this kid has put in hundreds of hours to get where they are. Judging a kid's spelling is a crummy thing to do- especially when it's a single letter of a pretty commonly misspelled word. Please consider learning more about dyslexia if you are concerned about good spelling and apt to comment about it for all to see and hear.

Teach Everyone

Anonymous said...

I was walking thru the hall the other day and the darn mushroom drawing had some grass growing next to the mushroom. It was a stinkhorn mushroom and drawn well but the grass was not realistic enough, didn't really look like grass. But their just kids and not spelling a word these days is not a big deal. The kids have a much,, much bigger vocabulary in this age of online dictionaries and pronunciation; spelling is done by computers now.

It's 2016.

It's about ideas, content, action - getting stuff done.

red pepper

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your comment raising awareness about dyslexia, Teach Everyone. I also have a child who is dyslexic and with that has come more sensitivity and understanding regarding misspellings. Kids in SPS who are dyslexic work extremely hard on their reading and spelling with very little support from the district, which has only a handful of teachers who have received training in a reading/spelling program designed for dyslexic learners (e.g. an Orton-Gillingham or linguistics-based program, such as Wired for Reading).

http://wiredforreading.com/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/DyslexiaSupportWashingtonState/

- Sea Mom