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    Bigredv, I'm confused (& embarrassed I don't know what's wrong with it )

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    I think it matters for all subjects. Students need to be able to communicate via the written word, and if they don't have a basic grasp of spelling and punctuation then their communication will suffer.
    I don't think a brilliant mathematician should miss out on teaching because they can't spell.

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    Bigredv, I'm confused (& embarrassed I don't know what's wrong with it )
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    I don't think a brilliant mathematician should miss out on teaching because they can't spell.
    I think that basic spelling and grammar should be something with which we leave school. That being the case, a university trained teacher shouldn't have an issue with it.

    Unfortunately the cycle seems to keep repeating itself, whereby students are leaving school without the basic tools of the English language, and yet still being able to graduate university (without those skills) and then teach the next generations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Girl X View Post
    I think that basic spelling and grammar should be something with which we leave school. That being the case, a university trained teacher shouldn't have an issue with it.

    Unfortunately the cycle seems to keep repeating itself, whereby students are leaving school without the basic tools of the English language, and yet still being able to graduate university (without those skills) and then teach the next generations.
    Unless a teacher is teaching spelling and grammar, I don't think not being a good speller makes them a bad teacher in a sense.

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    Default Spelling and Grammar Vent Thread #2

    I just want to add that all teachers have bad days! I'm quite a good speller, not too bad at grammar, yet have been pulled up on numerous occasions for spelling a basic word wrong on the board, or using the wrong punctuation. The kids love it when this happens

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Unless a teacher is teaching spelling and grammar, I don't think not being a good speller makes them a bad teacher in a sense.
    No, just yet another example of an adult who wasn't taught properly as a child.

    While it's true that a great scientist or mathematician may not require perfect spelling or grammar in order to teach science or maths, the fact remains that children will pick up their bad habits.

    In any case I think most of the really bad habits are ingrained during primary school. If primary school teachers aren't being taught properly as children they clearly need to be re-taught all the basics at uni.

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    Default Spelling and Grammar Vent Thread #2

    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    I think an English teacher should sit an exam and primary school teachers, but other subjects I don't think matter.
    I think it matters. History, Geography, LOTE and science especially.

    Edit: also in senior years of high school I think business, economics and law teachers need proper spelling and punctuation skills.
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    Default Spelling and Grammar Vent Thread #2

    Lamjam, I completely agree with you. High school taught me next to nothing about spelling and punctuation, I learnt it all in primary school.

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    Default Spelling and Grammar Vent Thread #2

    It's funny how people assume that it's the teacher's fault.

    Yep, some teachers can't spell, but sometimes no matter how good you are at spelling/grammar, the kids don't get it.

    You know how many times in 2012 that I taught my year 3 class there/their/they're and OMG, even the bright kids did not get it. Very frustrating. Even had my teacher aide teaching the bright ones one on one and some of them still didn't get it.


 

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