To be so angry about this stupid English teacher!

(189 Posts)
ILikeTrains Sun 20-Oct-13 21:18:18

My daughter's just told me how her English teacher has corrected her on her spelling of apostrophe. Not a huge thing to get angry about except that my daughter's spelling it correctly and the teacher keeps telling her to spell it apostrophie! This is her English teacher, how on Earth is she supposed to respect and be inspired by this teacher.

I know it's quite a small this to get annoyed about but it's just really wound me up.

bundaberg Sun 20-Oct-13 21:20:06

really?? i would write a note pointing this out! you're right, she's an English teacher, she should know how to spell it correctly

kim147 Sun 20-Oct-13 21:21:58

First rule of spelling threads etc.

Make sure your punctuation is correct. Especially "daughter's".

No apostrophe needed. grin

kim147 Sun 20-Oct-13 21:23:05

Ooops.

Sorry. My daughter has just told me.

Sorry. blush

AgentZigzag Sun 20-Oct-13 21:23:22

I'm not anal about spelling and punctuation, but that's pretty crap for an English teacher.

Not sure how you can say it though, I'm guessing it won't go down very well.

Heartbrokenmum73 Sun 20-Oct-13 21:24:37

Erm, in both uses of 'daughter's' in the OP, the use of apostrophe is correct.

First instance she is shortening 'daughter has', second instance shortening 'daughter is'. Both need an apostrophe!

BlackholesAndRevelations Sun 20-Oct-13 21:24:48

Ahem. Kim, you are wrong. Both apostrophes are for contractions: daughter has, and daughter is.

I'd be fucked off too, op; definitely put her straight!!

millyrainbow Sun 20-Oct-13 21:24:58

Daughter's = daughter has

ILikeTrains Sun 20-Oct-13 21:25:00

We have a tutor day coming up, they're going to know I'm not impressed with this lady. I could have forgiven it (just) if it had been any other teacher.

mumofboyo Sun 20-Oct-13 21:25:26

Kim, an apostrophe in daughter's is right isn't it, as it's short for 'daughter has'?

Anyway, yes I would point it out. If I make a mistake I like to know about it so I can rectify it.

kim147 Sun 20-Oct-13 21:25:33

I just realised that after I posted. And there's no instant delete button grin

BlackholesAndRevelations Sun 20-Oct-13 21:25:47

Lots of cross posting! grin

BooItTooJulia Sun 20-Oct-13 21:26:06

My son was told that discombobulated wasn't a real word by his teacher.

In the end, I just told ds that not everyone can know everything. However, an English teacher should know better.

Calling teachers stupid, btw, isn't generally well received....

Heartbrokenmum73 Sun 20-Oct-13 21:26:33

And that would piss me off too, especially as it's an English teacher!

My Maths teacher at college (and the whole sodding class!) shouted me down for spelling out 'meringue', then the teacher wrote 'merang' on the board. I was 19 and shocked. If that happened now, I'd photocopy the bloody dictionary and take it in with me. Fuckwit of a teacher (mine, not yours).

Chewbecca Sun 20-Oct-13 21:27:00

YANBU - but I disagree it is a small thing - it's a big problem for me if an English teacher cannot spell.

Heartbrokenmum73 Sun 20-Oct-13 21:27:14

Kim grin

CackleCackle Sun 20-Oct-13 21:28:57

Give your daughter a small dictionary. Underline apostrophe in it. Let her take it to school.

CackleCackle Sun 20-Oct-13 21:29:07

Give your daughter a small dictionary. Underline apostrophe in it. Let her take it to school.

Caitlin17 Sun 20-Oct-13 21:29:13

I'd definitely take it up politely with the teacher.
(Having of course checked several dictionaries just to make sure"ie" isn't an acceptable alternative spelling)

BrokenSunglasses Sun 20-Oct-13 21:29:36

I wouldn't mind a teacher making a mistake, but the fact that they are inviting they are right without even bothering to check would piss me right off.

YANBU to bring it up.

CackleCackle Sun 20-Oct-13 21:29:49

Sorry for double post.

FourEyesGhoul Sun 20-Oct-13 21:30:54

YANBU to be annoyed and surprised.

Have you seen for yourself that the teacher's spelling it incorrectly (in your daughter's exercise book, for example)? Because I have trouble believing that a fully qualified English teacher can't spell 'apostrophe' correctly. For a start, many secondary English classrooms have a punctuation list (with each piece of punctuation and its name) on the wall.

ajandjjmum Sun 20-Oct-13 21:30:56

By her a dictionary as a Christmas present. Highlight 'apostrophe' and put a note on the tag saying 'please see Pg. *'. grin

kim147 Sun 20-Oct-13 21:31:37

I had an argument with a teacher when we doing a quiz at school and I mentioned the word "coracle" as an answer. He told me there was no such thing and I was wrong. I knew all about them as I'd read a book about them. But he was the teacher so he must have been right.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coracle

ReluctantBeing Sun 20-Oct-13 21:31:50

I'm an English teacher and I am shocked at the basic errors some of my colleagues make. I think you should send a note in and point out her error.

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