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Spelling - does it matter, if so to who and how much?

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wonderstuff Mon 06-Oct-08 16:23:56

Member of SLT sent out an email addressing none-teaching staff. Said member is dyslexic but teaches an academic subject, made me cringe, but aibu? I know what she means so does it matter?

Overmydeadbody Mon 06-Oct-08 16:26:01

It matters if she doesn't know how to run a simple spell check on all her emails, just like typos matter. It just looks more unprofessional that's all.

wonderstuff Mon 06-Oct-08 16:28:22

It wouldn't have come up on a spell check though would it?

Overmydeadbody Mon 06-Oct-08 16:56:08

Oh gosh blush

I hadn't realised the mistake was in your OP. I am dyslexic though, is that a good enough excuse?grin

I guess it wouldn't have come up then, no. But it is just a typo really isn't it? These things happen.

cornsilk Mon 06-Oct-08 16:59:47

Just an error surely. Did she have a million and one things to do at the time?

wonderstuff Mon 06-Oct-08 18:34:53

you are right, not like it was going out to pupils or parents Iabu. Must be a more tolerant reasonable person grin

loobeylou Mon 06-Oct-08 20:03:53

I taught in a school where we had to hurriedly produce 500 new covers to replace the lovely ones on front of all our homework dairies ready for the first day the kids were back!!

that one is true....the mythical one is the one about the school whose prospectus stated "WE BELIEVE THAT ALL CHILDREN SHOULD BE NEUTERED" (NURTURED!!!)

iT'S BAD ENOUGH WHEN IT'S HAPPENING IN LITERATURE FROM "PROFESSIONAL" BUSINESSES, BUT WHEN IT'S SCHOOLS IT REALLY BUGS ME!!

(SORRY FOR CAPSLOCK, NOT REALLY YELLING!)

GodzillasGhastlyPutridBumcheek Mon 06-Oct-08 22:06:27

ROFL at neutered/nurtured and dairies/diaries.

I think unless the subject is English Language, spelling doesn't really come into it - otherwise you are saying that my dyslexic daughter should not get graded on content for Science/History etc because her spelling is atrocious.

UnquietDad Tue 07-Oct-08 10:14:22

I think all teachers are, or should be, teachers of good English. So good spelling and grammar should be encouraged no matter what the subject. They aid good communication.

Bucharest Tue 07-Oct-08 10:17:20

My dyslexic friend says she needs things to be spelled correctly and to spell them correctly herself, otherwise the "hardwiring" that she has spent so many years battling with- to get those words into her head *correctly- has been in vain.

loobeylou Tue 07-Oct-08 19:47:24

Godzilla - Having taught science myself I can confirm that children are not marked down on content/knowledge in exams etc if their spelling and grammar is not up to scratch, however, there is, or at least was, provision in coursework for 1,2 or 3 "additional" SPG marks (spelling punctuation and grammar)

Agree that teachers, from primary upwards, should set a good example!

I have walked past a shop today which had big hand written signs in the window saying

"SALE - MANY ITEMS REDUCED - TOP'S, SKIRT'S, TROUSER'S, COAT'S"

I had to come home for a --stiff drink-- soothing cuppa!

(PS PMSL at Godzilla's name!)

StressedoutGobbledigook Tue 07-Oct-08 19:50:13

I can't help it, it matters hugely to me. I cannot stand poor spelling (and grammar).

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