[KACT] Re: spelling

  • From: David Kadavy <dkadavy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <kact@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: 06 Sep 2006 11:32:42 -0500

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?
>kellymdeters@xxxxxxxxx <mailto:kellymdeters@xxxxxxxxx>

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