[KACT] Re: spelling

  • From: Paul Ogle <pogle@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: kact@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2006 18:59:45 -0500

I use a rubric for all 6-traits of writing when I grade student work. I give them the rubric and tell them that is how it will be graded. They have always come up to my expectations.

Paul Ogle
On Sep 6, 2006, at 11:32 AM, David Kadavy wrote:

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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