My daughter’s Year 4 teacher this year seems really lovely. Enthusiastic, patient, kind, all those important things. But there’s a small problem.
When I went into the classroom last week, I saw some posters on the wall that the teacher had made to inspire kids to use new words. There were lots of great words on the posters. But two of them were spelled the wrong way: “Phillipines” and “millenium”.
I have to admit, it bugged me. It’s Philippines. It’s millennium.
My kids’ teachers have made minor mistakes before. I’ve seen homework sheets with spelling or punctuation errors on them, like “it’s” instead of “its”. Sometimes I’ll point it out to my kids.
“Look, a typo,” I’ll say. “You know that’s supposed to be ‘its’, don’t you? Your teacher must have written that in a hurry and not looked back over it.”
I don’t want to make their teacher look bad, but at the same time, I really want my kids to have good written language skills. It matters. People make judgements based on that. Your job application could be tossed into the bin because of a spelling mistake.