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toastedmarshmallow Sun 09-Nov-14 21:37:36

Whilst in dd's Y5 classroom for parents' evening I noticed that one of the drawers was labelled 'stationary'.

Not sure what to do, worried I will look an arse if I point it out to the teacher. I know a TA, should I tell her or is that just passing the buck? I have made sure my dd knows the difference (without telling her why)

Can't think of the right way to say it without causing offence!

BelleateSebastian Sun 09-Nov-14 21:39:03

Yep, you'll look an arse if you mention it! ;)

LizzieVereker Sun 09-Nov-14 21:41:50

Maybe the drawer is full of objects that need to be kept really, really still? (Grasps at straws).

TheLostPelvicFloorOfPoosh Sun 09-Nov-14 21:42:14

Have you checked inside the drawer?

Technically, if it's not on wheels, it could be labelled correctly.

redskybynight Sun 09-Nov-14 21:42:56

The label is surely correct as long as the drawer never moves smile ?

At Y5 can't you ask DD to point it out? Or get her to "innocently" ask the difference between the two versions?

Feenie Sun 09-Nov-14 21:47:32

Smuggle in a marker on parents' evening and graffiti it.

That's what I'm planning to do to the missing apostrophe ds's school's 'This weeks guests' display in the hall, it drives me nuts.

toastedmarshmallow Sun 09-Nov-14 22:12:10

Didn't check the drawer so you could be right Lizzie!smile
I can't get dd to point it out, she's not very subtle!

Gileswithachainsaw Sun 09-Nov-14 22:17:01

Maybe the drawer is full of objects that need to be kept really, really still? (Grasps at straws)


EverythingsRunningAway Sun 09-Nov-14 22:21:54

Maybe the drawer is full of objects that need to be kept really, really still? (Grasps at straws)

Another grin

You need to get into that drawer - the things inside it are obviously extremely powerful and dangerous.

teacherwith2kids Sun 09-Nov-14 22:28:46

Oh, just say it - IF it is the only mistake. The teacher will blush, but will eventually be grateful to you.

If, on the other hand, ERVERYTHING coming out of that classroom is riddled with grammatical mistakesd, raise it quietly with the HT in a 'I really like Mrs X, and my little darling is making good progress, but I worry that the written communication from the class isn't showing off the school in the best light'.

I jobshared for some time with a fellow teacher who, though lovely, had very poor written English. The HT organised some extra training / coaching and it improved significantly.

toastedmarshmallow Sun 09-Nov-14 23:12:13

Thing is I hardly ever go into the classroom, I only tend to see the teacher at sports things or after clubs. I would have to make a special visit just to tell them!

I'm really not that much of an arse but it does bug me, I want the standard of written English she is taught to be good. I'm hoping this was just carelessness or the drawer is full of stationary objects like Lizzie said! Her books seemed to be well marked.

I think I'll tell my TA friend though, she's very tactfulsmile

HalfSpamHalfBrisket Sun 09-Nov-14 23:18:55

See, now I want to go into my classroom tomorrow morning, nail a drawer shut and scrawl 'stationary' on it with a Sharpie. <small moment of teacher anarchy>

toastedmarshmallow Sun 09-Nov-14 23:23:22


Mashabell Mon 10-Nov-14 06:38:17

Heterographs like stationary/-ery or practice/-se are a completely pointless spelling hassle and trip people up all the time because of it. They serve no useful purpose whatsoever, apart from causing spelling 'mistakes'. They are no more important than putting peas on the back of your fork instead of front, because in context their meaning is always clear, just as with the hundreds of others which get by with one spelling for their different meanings arm, bank, bar, lean, mean...

Misspellings of them clearly bug u, so u need to get it off your chest and speak to the TA who will get it sorted, if u don't want to talk to the teacher.

What u need to realise is that most people make lots of spelling mistakes all the time - because English spelling is exceptionally stupid.

Willabywallaby Mon 10-Nov-14 06:45:07

But a school should be correct.

RustyDalek Mon 10-Nov-14 07:26:03

If you're going to talk to the 'tactful' TA you might want to be tactful yourself, as the label was probably made by the TA, not the teacher...

lougle Mon 10-Nov-14 07:37:41

You you you, Mashabell.

You is one of the most commonly spelled words in our language and you keep spelling it 'u'. You should realise that 'u' only sounds like 'you' if it is part of a split digraph. There is no such word as 'u'.

<ponders if there is such a thing as a virtual sharpie marker>

sashh Mon 10-Nov-14 09:20:55


Don't encourage her she will try to sell you her books.

English spelling is not stupid it reflects the origin of words from other languages, unlike American spelling.

OP I would have to do something about it.

Pipbin Mon 10-Nov-14 09:25:48

Are the labels ones that she made, or are they downloaded from somewhere like Twinkl?
It might be that she downloaded, laminated, cut out and stuck up without really realising that it was the incorrect spelling.

And yes, you.

Icimoi Mon 10-Nov-14 12:36:37

Spelling mistakes clearly are important, contrary to Mashabell's perception. In immediate terms, if children don't learn correct spellings they will be marked down in national tests and exams, and that will also reflect badly on the school. In the longer term, if OP's DC - or indeed any other child taught by this teacher - appliesd for a job where good written English is important (e.g. in the legal field) it will damage her chances of getting it if she spells badly.

And, of course, teachers are paid to teach children to spell properly. If they don't do so, they aren't doing their job.

MidniteScribbler Mon 10-Nov-14 21:26:30

That would drive me bonkers! But then I am known as the spelling police at my school.

lougle Mon 10-Nov-14 21:34:01

Is it laminated, OP? That's the worst.

In fact, I lie. The worst was driving behind an incorrectly sign-written van in rush hour traffic.

toastedmarshmallow Mon 10-Nov-14 23:18:17

It is laminated but not a twinkl one. The TA I know isn't the class TA so pretty certain she didn't make the sign! I thought she might mention it nicely to the class TA or the teacher directly.

I'm really passing the buck I know but I'm terrible at this sort of thing. I'm a teacher too, so think I'll look even more of an arse correcting her teacher. I'm happy with the teaching in general and dd is making good progress so really don't want to cause any bad feelings.

lougle Mon 10-Nov-14 23:19:44

Perhaps the wisdom of Disney applies?

"Let it go, let it go...."

PastSellByDate Tue 11-Nov-14 10:53:31

Make a new label and laminate it - and give it to the teacher for Christmas.

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