[KACT] Re: spelling

  • From: "London Reif" <lreif@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "KACT" <kact@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 06 Sep 2006 12:23:21 -0500

I definitely take off for grammar and spelling errors.  Especially when most of 
the words are in the hand out.  I tell them if they can't read or spell 
correctly I am not taking the time to try to decipher there writing.  In some 
cases I have kids that really truly cannot spell or write very well that go to 
the resource room to get that help.  It is frustrating - I think some of it 
stems from all the text messaging kids do these days!

>>> "Kelly Deters" <kellymdeters@xxxxxxxxx> 9/6/2006 11:18 AM >>>
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?


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