My DD who is in grade 2 has had a teacher this year that only seems to focus on the things the children can not do. For a child who gets so down on herself for not doing things just so this has made the year a very stressful year for my DD.
She has been in tears at home because she does not understand certain things the first time they have been explained (eg fractions). If a teacher is going to correct every tiny little thing over and over again, then they also need to have a bigger focus on the things the child does well. Otherwise you get stressed and upset children who think that nothing they do is good enough.
This has not just been my child it has been others in the class as well. Thank goodness there is only 3 weeks left.
The thing is when I get her report she is getting all As and Bs so I don't actually know where she is going wrong and most of all she is under the impression that nothing she does will ever be good enough for a 'good work'.
I wish my DD had a teacher like you Stretched!
Ah so much to say but on my phone. Correcting kids spelling is one small part of improving their writing and spelling, putting language into context and making meaning are far better markers for improving spelling, its called 'whole language' approach. Sometimes the lesson focus is not spelling but paragraphs, punctuation, writing a sentence, building writing stamina. Some kids wouldn't write more than a few words ever, if they were constantly agonising over spelling. There is so much to constructing a good piece of writing, spelling is only one part. Learning to write is a scaffolded process.
It would be a stupid thing to do for DD. She is really academic and a quick learner but she also believes her teacher knows absolutely everything and is never wrong.
If I said, "that's not how you spell that word," she would never believe me if that teacher hadn't bothered correcting the same error previously. She'd honestly believe I was wrong and her teacher/she was right.
Chanel always gets corrected and I'm glad of it. She learns from her errors and rarely makes them again after she is corrected.
I agree with PP that the teachers should use some discretion in regards to spelling correction, when not on a spelling/English paper. My DD is confident and clever and needs and would want her work corrected 100%. This is what all teachers do, and she hardly ever gets that sort of thing incorrect anyway.
My DS on the other hand, totally lacks confidence in his own abilities, makes lots of mistakes, rushes his work and thinks he is stupid, useless and no good at school work He is very smart in lots of areas but lacks confidence. I have noticed the teachers focus on what the work sheet is about and overlook some things.
I believer they are doing the right thing and as his ability and confidence increase so will their thoroughness hopefully. Children learn in different ways at different rates and a good teacher should know how to develop their strengths without stomping on their confidence...
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