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Fri Oct 23, 2015 13:56


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 can help them with spelling? I hate to see my students stress over assessments, but students and parents want spelling words sent home and expect weekly assessments.

  • Grammar - Amanda grindstaff, Mon Oct 19 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... more
    • spelling - candithompson, Fri Oct 23 13:56
      • 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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