I love to hear that teachers take an individualised approach to correcting kids school work!
My DP is a terrible speller and is not academic at all and has never been. His entire school life he was told he was stupid, and that he didn't "get" things. Actually he really is very smart but he learns things very differently! He needs to use his senses to learn things. He can play music by ear, he can do just about anything with his hands, and if he is truly interested in a topic he has to know EVERYTHING about it!
The damage caused by his school years still affects him 15 years after he left school! He has very low self esteem, still believes he's stupid in a lot of ways and it's heartbreaking.
Hopefully my kids get teachers like you who can see when a child is trying THEIR best and reward effort as well as achievement!
*sigh* the comment/story that this thread was based on had nothing to do with any of this, but whatever.
PS. Spelling mistakes irk me no end, but I figure if someone has achieved success because a teacher saw their strengths and built on them, I'll forgive them if I overhear them saying they 'brought it at Kmart'.
What age group child are we actually taking about? Primary school yes but years up to 3? Or 4 to 7+? To me there is a big difference between correcting a couple mistakes on a whole page full of mistakes on a year 2 child and that of a year 6 child. IyKWIM.
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I think that not correcting a spelling error 'just because' it's maths is not really good enough but I do think that discretion should be applied.
I also think it's really sad that any child thinks they are stupid, I think that's more detrimental to a child's development that any over or under corrections.
I am a STRONG believer in teaching and enforcing correct English. As a school student if I ever gave my mother anything to read that I had written she would circle any English errors in red pen, I would then have to re-write correcting all the errors and then she would read for content. It used to annoy me so much at the time but I am eternally grateful now. In fact my job now requires me to have excellent English skills. (I have a very enviable job as I work from home, in the evenings and around the children and whilst I don't earn 'good' money it's certainly a whole lot better than what others earn!)
I haven't read most of the thread, but I absolutely agree with the original poster.
I'm a high school teacher who works with ESL (english as a second language) students, and this is a basic principle of teaching language. You do NOT correct every mistake. As a rule, you would focus on one specific concept at a time, and ignore most other mistakes. Many kids become discouraged if they're constantly corrected. When it comes to language learning, it's generally beneficial to let children develop their own spelling system as they gradually learn to spell correctly - it means that they learn to connect sounds with letter combinations which is far more important than having the correct spelling straight away.
Obviously it depends on the exact situation and the specific child, but I would never correct EVERYTHING unless I was sure that it would push that child to improve.
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