What would you do about teacher's errors in homework?

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My DD is in reception and gets a small amount of homework. This week it's all about Goldilocks and the three bears. Only it's not - it's Goldilock's and the three bears. And it's in three places throughout the homework. Should I raise this with the teacher or should I let it go? I don't think my DD has noticed, to be honest but I am slightly concerned. What would you do? (Short of circling it all with a big red pen!)

mrz Sun 19-May-13 11:28:47

Tippex out the errant apostrophes -less obvious than a red pen grin

ChewingOnLifesGristle Sun 19-May-13 11:30:17

Put a note on it. 'Why the apostrophe??confused'

I think it does need pointing out. A teacher making basic mistakes in grammar is a legitimate concern.

Shesparkles Sun 19-May-13 11:34:04

I'd be pointing it out too

chocoluvva Sun 19-May-13 11:35:45

As your DD is not noticing, I wouldn't embarrass her teacher by pointing out her mistake.

(My DC's had 12 primary teachers (between them) during their primary-school years. One wasn't a great speller. Another insisted that, "Beans is tasty" was correct on the grounds that 'beans' was a collective noun!)

You have a long time left with your DD's school so I'd advise you not to voice your concerns in case you go on to have more serious concerns in the future. If the school sees that you don't usually make a fuss they are more likely to be supportive of you when you do raise anything with them.

ChimeForChange Sun 19-May-13 11:37:03

If your DD is in reception I think it's fair to say she probably hasn't noticed!

Hmmm....what's your relationship like with the teacher? Do you feel comfortable talking to them?
I wonder if the teacher just found a worksheet online and didn't check it themselves? (still not good either!)
If you're uncomfortable about talking to her maybe put a cheeky comment on it?!?

ChewingOnLifesGristle Sun 19-May-13 11:37:52

It doesn't have to be an awful confrontation but it should certainly be flagged up. It's a mistake and even though your dd didn't notice it, she'll absorb the incorrect use of it over time if she keeps seeing it.

chocoluvva Sun 19-May-13 11:37:58

blush -aaaagghhh!

I've made exactly the same mistake as your teacher - DC's.

Nope - my mistake is worse. blush

Nobody will take me seriously now.

And I like language and literature. Wails.

Tessielu Sun 19-May-13 11:41:02

I don't think I could resist writing on a 'cheeky comment' as mentioned by a previous poster. It is a mistake, mistakes happen but the teacher needs to learn from the mistake and revise the use of the apostrophe!

mrz Sun 19-May-13 11:42:45

I once sent out homework (produced by a teaching student) without noticing a spelling mistake. Fortunately it only went to a few children as not many had made it into school due to the snow but I felt very embarrassed when I realised

flanbase Sun 19-May-13 11:44:26

my goodness that needs correcting. I'd correct the homework and then add an explanation of why I had done this

chocoluvva Sun 19-May-13 11:47:45

I would worry about getting the teacher's back up.

Perhaps you could send a corrected version to her anonymously!

Is this the only mistake you've noticed?

FannyMcNally Sun 19-May-13 11:50:54

Over ten posts and no one's blamed the TA (yet)!

ChewingOnLifesGristle Sun 19-May-13 11:51:48

Worry about getting the teacher's back up?

Sorry I don't get that get allconfused Mustn't 'embarrass' the teacher even though something is glaringly incorrect when the aim here is to teach a child to read?

flanbase Sun 19-May-13 11:54:45

The teacher is correcting the pupils work and so her corrections are subject to judgement. Her correction is wrong and she should be told this

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Sun 19-May-13 11:57:44

I would not be happy. That teacher is getting paid to teach....glaring grammatical errors like that are not teaching in a good way...

I think I'd have to say something. I hate misuse of apostrophes!

chocoluvva Sun 19-May-13 11:59:58

It depends on the teacher. She ought to be pleased to have a mistake corrected, but she might not be. I wouldn't want to take the risk that she'd be cross and take out her annoyance on my DD.

mrz Sun 19-May-13 12:02:49

I would probably let the first error go but if it happened again have a discrete word.

ChewingOnLifesGristle Sun 19-May-13 12:08:39

If a teacher took out their annoyance at being corrected by a parent on a child then there would be more problems to deal with than incorrect use of grammar and I'd be straight to the head.

Saying nothing because you are afraid of the reaction is not the sign of a good teacher.

This is quite relevant stuff. It needs to be correct from the off in order to avoid a lifetime of confusion, which many people have regarding grammar.

Also in a few years they'll be all over the dc expecting them to get good SATS results for the school and this is exactly the thing they'll be expected to get right. And we all know how schools cherish their infernal SATS resultsgrinwink

GetOrfMoiLand Sun 19-May-13 12:10:35

grin at discrete

cory Sun 19-May-13 12:16:24

We went through a spate when the task of setting spelling lists to be learnt was clearly given to the poorest speller in dd's junior school. I never had the nerve to do anything except quietly point out the right spelling to dd. Perhaps I should have. Gently and considerately. Tipp-ex sounds a good approach here.

mrz Sun 19-May-13 12:17:39

oops discreet blush grin

TidyDancer Sun 19-May-13 12:18:13

I wouldn't say anything this time, but if it continued to happen I might consider it.

I don't think it's (as a one off) a major cause for concern in reception tbh, and you really don't want to be one of those parents in case you need to raise something serious later on.

mrz Sun 19-May-13 12:19:58

Shows the danger of teachers using predictive text shock

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