[KACT] Re: spelling

  • From: Donna Bogner <dojbo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: kact@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2006 13:24:35 -0400 (EDT)

Of course, I taught in the Middle Ages...from the 1960s to 2000, but I expected 
students' lab reports and written papers to come in with correct spelling, 
grammar, and punctuation.  I was even made an honorary member of the English 
Department because of this.  And this was BEFORE computers and spell check 
software.  However, I gave students ample time to get this done.  Lab reports 
were not due until two days after the labs were carried out.  Did I take off 
points?  You bet, up to 10% of the total points possible, depending upon what 
the assignment was.  I had rubrics that included this, even that far back in 
history...before rubrics were "accepted practice".

You are right, Dave.  It's all a matter of expectation.

Donna Bogner, retired from
Hutchinson High School and
Wichita State University
-----Original Message-----
>From: David Kadavy <dkadavy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>Sent: Sep 6, 2006 12:32 PM
>To: kact@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>Subject: [KACT] Re: spelling
>
>The first factor is we have as educators allowed this to take place.  You as 
>an instructor set the standards for your classroom and have expectations that 
>students will reach.  Correctly spelling words is not that high an 
>expectation.  Not all communications will have a mechanism to catch this for 
>the student and this can lead to a misinterpretation of what is meant.  Don't 
>we as chemistry instructors depend on the proper communications for formulas 
>for compounds or equations?  Why should we expect anything less?  I too  will 
>take off for incorrect spelling to some degree.
>
>David Kadavy
>Republic County High School
>
>On 9/6/2006 11:18 AM, Kelly Deters <kellymdeters@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>
>>I'm not the world's best speller, and I occasionally make mistakes 
>>(especially when writing quickly)...but has anyone else noticed the 
>>dramatic downfall in our students' ability to spell words correctly?  
>>I had one girl bring a lab procedure up to me the other day with 
>>"wathe" instead of "water"...can they really not spell "water"?  
>>I had the following as an answer to a test question about why it's 
>>important to do multiple trials in a lab: "So to make sher that nether 
>>whent rong or that one trial might be of"   It makes me feel like 
>>I'm reading the Winnie the pooh book to my kids where Owl spells 
>>things like that.  And these are the honors kids!  (And it wasn't 
>>a one time occurance...there were many such answers!)
>> 
>>I've never taken points off for this kind of things as I was grading 
>>"chemistry" not spelling or grammar...but this is getting bad!  What 
>>do you guys do?
>> 
>>Kelly
>>kellymdeters@xxxxxxxxx <mailto:kellymdeters@xxxxxxxxx>
>
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