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Amanda grindstaff
Mon Oct 19, 2015 14:50

To be honest I guess it's partly more because I feel like it will be lost if we don't pass it along. I don't feel like it needs to be taught outside and in and of itself. And I agree it's useless because as long as you can write and edit what you are writing and revise you can become a better writer, but I think of things like cursive and grammar. I was successful at those in school. I was terrible at all math an I was an above average reader but these were things I excelled at. It built confidence in me as a learner. Not because of what it was but because I found something I could be the best at. I want my daughter to know the parts of speech not because it will ever be asked of her to tell anyone, but just because I don't want it to be lost. As the great grand daughter of an OLD school teacher the heritage part of it is important to me as an a teacher I see why it isn't. As far as spelling...I get frustrated with weekly spelling tests. I feel like they are a waste of time. I feel like we do it because it's what is expected and I feel like it's the one thing parents can help with and I know that's why we continue to do it at our school. We've had that discussion.

  • Grammar questions - koppenhaverd, Mon Oct 19 14:31
    Amanda, why do you think kids need to know parts of speech? The connection to writing sentences is not clear to me. Re: grammar instruction. We have known for over 50 years that explicit grammar... more
    • Grammar - Amanda grindstaff, Mon Oct 19 14:50
      • spelling - candithompson, Fri Oct 23 13:56
        Amanda, I have thought about spelling test for a while now. Parents always ask me first thing about spelling test and when will I send their words home. Do you think it is the fact that most parents... more
        • Spelling - Amanda grindstaff, Sat Oct 24 00:23
          Candi, I honestly think after doing this a while that spelling is the one thing most parents are familiar with and can help their kids do because it hasn't changed much over the years. They know how... more
          • Re: Spelling - candithompson, Wed Oct 28 16:13
            Thanks! I find it interesting how much parents want spelling homework and tests. It is one of the few things that has not changed in school today. I now see how they feel helpful and needed at this.
      • Don't want it to be lost - koppenhaverd, Mon Oct 19 16:07
        So essentially your argument is "if it was bad enough for me, it's bad enough for my kids" :-) You're a bright, creative, thoughtful teacher and mother. I bet you can find something more useful to... more
        • grammar - amanda grindstaff, Mon Oct 19 16:19
          I truly feel like teaching grammar is a waste of time and I do feel like it is more important to teach them how to plan, draft, revise, edit and publish and to be more creative and in time the other... more
      • writing/grammar/handwriting - amanda grindstaff, Mon Oct 19 15:15
        And further more...I do see how when a student is worried about being a perfectionist when they can go back and fix everything - I can see how that would take away from the creativity, but I just... more
        • Forget grammar; love writing - Melanie McLeod, Thu Oct 22 20:16
          Hi, Amanda: I have always felt as if I "was doing wrong" by not explicitly teaching the weekly grammar skill to my students. However, especially since I have moved to a primary-grade classroom and... more
          • Forget Grammar - shannonsilver, Mon Oct 26 22:28
            So never mind on the grammar books, right! I know that there is "grammar" in the listening/speaking goals in CCSS but that doesn't mean that we have to explicitly teach grammar. I'm so glad that you... more
            • DOL Practice - Melanie McLeod, Tue Oct 27 05:52
              Hey Shannon: If I do not have time within my school day to use DOL activities, I am not going to do so. However, if I need a 'time filler' within the school day, I believe it would not hurt the... more
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