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.

LaQueenOfTheDamned Sun 20-Oct-13 21:33:02

Oh, I feel your pain...

Several times, when the DD's Yr 2 teacher sent home notes, I had to wrestle DH to the ground and grab the red pen off him, as he furiously attempted to correct her comedy spelling/punctuation errors before returning the note to her.

redexpat Sun 20-Oct-13 21:33:45

It's an English class. There should be dictionaries in the room. She can look it up in class surely? But YANBU. Although, we all make mistakes.

AgentZigzag Sun 20-Oct-13 21:33:54

That's shit Heartbroken (and Boo), have to ask how 'meringue' came up in a maths class??

ILikeTrains Sun 20-Oct-13 21:34:39

Love the dictionary idea Cackle, I might just do that :D

kim147 Sun 20-Oct-13 21:36:17

I could get the word "meringue" into a maths class. But I might have to check it when I spelt it.

LaQueenOfTheDamned Sun 20-Oct-13 21:37:09

And, I've sat in more English lessons than I care to remember (working as a TA) and winced at the teacher's comedy spelling.

Simultainiously was a favourite, as I recall hmm

Have also worked as a TA in junior schools, where the Y5 teacher confidently asserted that dinosaurs lived alongside pre-histroic man - she was stunned (and highly dubious) when I quietly pointed out they missed each other by millions of years hmm

harticus Sun 20-Oct-13 21:37:28

At school I was told by a teacher that there was no such thing as a "bauble". When I asked her what she put on her Christmas tree she gave me a detention for being lippy.
And this is why I have a lifelong problem with authority. grin

OP - be sure to correct her.

LeBearPolar Sun 20-Oct-13 21:38:06

This would infuriate me but it's so hard to know how to raise these things. I am an English teacher and once saw an essay a colleague of mine had marked - she'd spelt 'unacceptable' 'unexceptable' shock And - oh the irony - she was commenting that a pupil's error was 'unexceptable' blush I didn't know what to say or where to start.

MissBetseyTrotwood Sun 20-Oct-13 21:40:14

I'm an English teacher. I have black holes (I can never, ever spell receive except on autocorrect) but I make damn sure I've shone a bit of light down 'em before I teach 'em.

Send said teacher an email. Or correct their mistake in red pen and send it back.

ILikeTrains Sun 20-Oct-13 21:46:03

She did try to question the teacher's spelling but was told that it should have an i. As she only started in September at this school I guess she didn't feel confident enough to push it any further.

She's very cool about it though, in fact I think she's pretty happy that she can spell better than her teacher.

AgentZigzag Sun 20-Oct-13 21:47:10

There's nothing wrong in not knowing how to spell something or not being arsed to learn the nuances of grammar, but you have to know for sure that you're right before you start arguing the toss.

Unless you don't mind looking like a total twat.

Can't understand why the teachers who've done this can't just check.

Or would that involve more loss of face/authority than they can spare?

AgentZigzag Sun 20-Oct-13 21:50:22

Do you mean started a new school rather than she's just started in reception ILike?

Although I can go on thinking your 4 YO is a genius and knows better than her teacher if you like? grin

Halfrek Sun 20-Oct-13 21:50:32

I teach English and know that I sometimes make errors. I usually double check if I am unsure but some probably slip through. If a student queried I would tell them to get a dictionary and apologise if I was wrong. Nobody is perfect.

LaQueenOfTheDamned Sun 20-Oct-13 21:50:38

Miss I'm an English graduate, and there are quite a few words, to this day, that simply never, ever look right to me. Even when I have written them correctly.

Recipes gets me, every single feckin time (resists the urge to write recipies ...and about a dozen others hmm

WestieMamma Sun 20-Oct-13 21:51:28

I have a Swedish teacher who trained as an English teacher and knows everything there is to know about England. She was never wrong. Even when I felt compelled to point out her errors, she wouldn't have it. EG I am completely wrong in my belief that Yorkshire puddings do not contain meat. hmm

MissBetseyTrotwood Sun 20-Oct-13 21:57:23

Well, recipies would make sense. 'Cos it's 'pies'. And they're yummy.

Sorry, I'm not helping, am I? grin

If I know I'm probably going to have to use a black hole word in my lesson, I look it up before and write it on my hand so I know I'll spell it correctly on the board.

FourEyesGhoul Sun 20-Oct-13 22:05:05

MissBetsey I often check my big dictionary in front of the class before writing a tricky word on the board. I think it's good for them to see that even specialists have to check from time to time (and that it's worth checking).

friday16 Sun 20-Oct-13 22:17:09

Masha Bell will be arriving on this thread in 5...4...3...

I would be pointing out the error, and wouldn't be too worried how she felt about it.
On the note of my spelling black holes, i always get confused with "possesses" - I know there's a rhyme but can never remember whether it goes "possesses possesses 5 es's" or " es's" grin

Heartbrokenmum73 Sun 20-Oct-13 22:20:23

Ah, the meringue episode!

Teacher was writing one of those word problems (which really hack me off, but that's a whole other thread!) and he was using a cake shop. So he started writing the names of cakes on the board and called out 'how do you spell meringue?'. I told him how to spell it and got a load of verbal from the gobby boys in the class. Teacher didn't want the aggro so wrote his own spelling on the board.

I was tempted to tell him to write 'doughnut' instead, because that is what he clearly was!

I can spellings n that and it really riled me! Twenty years later and it still riles me angry

Tinlegs Sun 20-Oct-13 22:23:25

I too am an English teacher - and am appalled. Mind you, we had one (she didn't last long) who, when told that we needed to conduct a diagnostic spelling test (helps to spot dyslexia etc early on) asked how we do spelling tests at my school. I was a it bewildered, unsure that there was really more than one way. She said she preferred to deliver the test by writing the words on the board rather than reading them out. She has a permanent job, just not at my school!

BrunelsBigHat Sun 20-Oct-13 22:24:14

My brothers science teacher told him there was no such thing as a magnetron, and he was making it up. Wrote this in red pen across his homework.

Oh dear.

Me and my dad have degrees in engineering and physics.

We recorrected the correction and never let her forget it

picnicbasketcase Sun 20-Oct-13 22:26:56

DS had a homework sheet that instructed him to take a 'holiday brocher' to school once. hmm

Reception teacher had written a Nativity play where the three kings lines were, "I have bought you gold," etc. shock

Y2 teacher, when I was a TA was teaching her class that Russia was on Germany's side at the end of WW2.

tallulah Sun 20-Oct-13 22:42:30

DD1's Y5 teacher taught them that Anglo Saxons lived in holes in the ground. As I was studying a History Degree at the time, with a particular interest in the Anglo Saxons I was not impressed when this came home, and put DD straight.

She then went back to school and told the teacher exactly what mummy thought of her blush (in my defence it hadn't occurred to me that she would do that).

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