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    Quote Originally Posted by shelle65 View Post
    OK that's cool, but you didn't answer my question - do you correct spelling mistakes on maths homework if you have no concerns about the child being discouraged?
    Me - yes, especially (as Here Kitty pointed out) if it is a mathematical term. I wouldn't be looking out specifically for spelling mistakes though. If a friend was there while I was marking and pointed out a spelling mistake I missed, I'd probably change it - actually I'd be more likely to hand the book over and say "here, lighten the load... PLEEEEAAAASE!"

    PS. I'm not here to defend every teacher and every teacher's decision. There are c.r*p teachers out there, but the majority have their heart in the right place and are doing their best (even if it's not THE best).

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    Excellent, I hope my daughter is taught by teachers who take the same approach as you. And I very nearly did grab the book out of my friend's hands and take over

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lovemyfam View Post
    I can understand that. I think if they are special needs, or have a learning disability this is prob the best way to go about it, but if they dont and are making mistakes due to being lazy and not caring they should be docked and not given any slack just because we dont want to hurt their feelings for my kids at least that is how I feel.
    The two scenarios are not 'lazy' kids. They have motivation issues stemming from low self-worth. Of course if a kid's being lazy you call them on it and tell them to up their game.
    Last edited by Stretched; 22-11-2012 at 11:22. Reason: have to make sure my spelling and grammar is perfect!

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    I think providing encouragement and giving honest and correct feedback on a student's work are mutually exclusive, and not marking a student's work correctly for fear of discouraging them does not benefit them in the long run...?! Are teachers so concerned these days with offending, upsetting children these days that we can't provide honest and constructive feedback? that is a problem with education these days. Children do need to learn how to cope with set-backs and be resilient, to learn their strengths as well as weaknesses! Spelling and grammar are crucial to a basic education - it astonishes me how badly one of my teacher friends writes actually. But it should always be corrected IMO, no matter the subject.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lovemyfam View Post
    I can understand that. I think if they are special needs, or have a learning disability this is prob the best way to go about it, but if they dont and are making mistakes due to being lazy and not caring they should be docked and not given any slack just because we dont want to hurt their feelings for my kids at least that is how I feel.
    What about kids who fall in the middle? My brother is a hands on learner and struggled in a classroom environment from day one. He's a smart guy who's far from lazy and definitely doesn't have special needs or a learning disability. How would you suggest teachers handle students like this? Not trying start anything, genuinely curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChickyBee View Post
    What about kids who fall in the middle? My brother is a hands on learner and struggled in a classroom environment from day one. He's a smart guy who's far from lazy and definitely doesn't have special needs or a learning disability. How would you suggest teachers handle students like this? Not trying start anything, genuinely curious.
    Good point, I dont know actually seems we need to tailor teaching or something but why did all the older generations do fine for the most part without tailored teaching?

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    It's certainly not about trying not to hurt their feelings - it's about pointing out their strengths and building on them. Success begets sucess.

    That said, of course we're going to consider a kids feelings - just look at the number of threads on here where parents are outraged by something the teacher said/did. Kids are precious and impressionable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lovemyfam View Post
    Good point, I dont know actually seems we need to tailor teaching or something but why did all the older generations do fine for the most part without tailored teaching?
    They didn't, it was acceptable to drop out when you turned 14/15 and there were still plenty of career options for them without an education. My dad's literacy skills are atrocious (he's not stupid, just did very badly at school) but worked his way from a traineeship to a triple-figure job.

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    At the beginning of the year when I got my new class, I gave the kids a writing assessment titled "too much money is spent on toys and games!" Now there is this girl in my class and the teacher she had last year told me how she refused to do any work, that there was some sort of intellectual disability. Imagine my surprise when this girl wrote half a page independently. Her writing was full of spelling mistakes, but all her words were written phonetically, so I knew what she meant. This piece of writing was probably one of the best in the class as she gave excellent reasons to support her arguments. Now given what the teacher told me about her, I did not want to demoralise her. So, I corrected hardly any of the spelling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stretched View Post
    They didn't, it was acceptable to drop out when you turned 14/15 and there were still plenty of career options for them without an education. My dad's literacy skills are atrocious (he's not stupid, just did very badly at school) but worked his way from a traineeship to a triple-figure job.
    Cant they still do that here? well 16 or something? personally I think it is great that Australia does it this way because some kids just arnt good in school, so the government here gives them a chance to do traineeship and make something of themselves. In America if you dont do well in school you are screwed which makes it a lot harder but then it made me work harder in school. I wanted to go to college so I had to work harder in English class which I hated but not all kids will give their all and then they are left behind struggling.


 

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