What would you do? (Teacher's poor spelling and grammar)(14 Posts)
I would discuss your concerns with the head.
If your DD is Year 7 presumably this is a specialist English teacher or is DD in a middle school?
If it is a specialist English teacher in a Senior School your first port of call should be the Head of English. If it is a Middle School then the Head of English if there is one, or if not the Head or Deputy would be the ones to contact.
Oh I see. Well this teacher would seem to be evidence of why tougher new tests for teachers are needed.
I have no idea how anyone could get through a degree and PGCE or a teaching degree without being able to spell or put together a sentence. For them to be then teaching English to the next generation is not on.
I am a maths teacher and I find threads like this very depressing. I think there is a case for primary children to be taught English and maths by specialists.
I still blush at the fact my father corrected my English teacher's spelling mistakes when I in my 2nd year at grammar school
Isn't there a slight difference between a teacher having a poor grasp of grammar and punctuation and actually teaching grammar and punctuation incorrectly? If a brilliant drama teacher had poor punctuation I don't think I'd worry overly much. But if my daughter's English teacher clearly didn't understand grammar and was teaching it incorrectly then I'd (a) complain and (b) ask for this teacher to stop teaching my daughter grammar.
When I went through school in the 90s/00s, I didn't learn grammar. I remember my mum asking the head of English at my high school about it- he said that it just was not on the curriculum, much to their joint dismay. I learnt my grammar through learning foreign languages, and also through my mum
who is a grammar Nazi in the truest sense . I was never formally taught it during English lessons, nor was I taught spelling patterns.
I did a 4 year primary education degree and I was gob-smacked by the low standard of grammar. I have lots of uni peers on my facebook still, and a large number of them cannot differentiate between the different versions of 'there', 'its' or 'your'. They may be fantastic teachers in lots of ways, but English is not their strength. That's not necessarily their fault- they weren't taught it.
You may argue it's because they don't have high enough GCSEs, but the GCSE curriculum they studied didn't place much importance on spelling or grammar so asking for a B+ probably wouldn't make much difference. My DP got As and A*s in his GCSEs but his grammar is appalling! He says it doesn't matter in his job (he's a doctor...)
I would go to the head, as its the heads fault for hiring a teacher who does not have a basic grasp of the written English language.
I think you should go to the head teacher. Be specific and have examples at hand to show him/her if you can.
I'm sorry to say that there are quite a few teachers whose grasp of grammar and spelling is quite poor, especially in primary schools. Grammar, I can understand as I have to think about it too, as it does not come naturally (English not being my first language). On the whole, it tends to be the younger, rather than the older, teachers who seem to have a problem. I think there is a whole generation who have been let down in terms of spelling and grammar.
Personally, I would get the Head to deal with the teacher. She obviously needs support for it. As for Wikipedia, it's just ignorance on her part. I'm not sure that I would even mention this.
I have never been overly bothered about the occasional spelling mistake in letters home etc. But in the situation you describe, I think I would speak to the Head, with examples, as others have suggested.
Personally, I would also mention the Wikipedia error. With the amount of research that students are expected to do on the internet, an awareness that sources can be misleading is a critical skill. And I believe a teacher should be aware that Wikipedia is not a reliable source. I thought that was common knowledge.
I remember being shocked during my primary PGCE by the number of fellow teachers-to- be who failed the basic skills tests (English, Maths and ICT) several times and were then incredulous that they were not going to be allowed Qualified Teacher Status until they had passed.... Mention it to the Head, at the very least the teacher should be required to resit the Skills Tests.
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