Tuesday, September 20, 2005
I was interested to hear the comments today and Friday about the reading regarding the student who used inventive spelling. Every teacher who commented indicated that they had a problem with the spelling not being corrected by the teacher at the time of writing. I would like to point out that the student was in KINDERGARTEN and that most kindergarten students do not have many vocabulary words let alone know how to spell or even form all the letters of the alphabet. I think this is a great example of teachers getting so tunnel-visioned about their assignments that they are missing the bigger picture. What is the student learning? Was the student able to communicate with faulty spelling? The assignment was to produce an illustrated book which she did. If this had been a 9th or 10th grade student then the spelling error would not have been acceptable but here the example was about a student just starting to write and create. Would she have loved the process if her first attempt was criticized for her spelling? Do we turn students off to learning when their first attempt isn't perfect? And isn't this the very thing that we stated upset us about our students? Where is the love of learning? Did we kill it?
Posted by JanW at 3:24 PM