I've moved this up again. It's a tribute to those people who still understand that spelling, grammar and factual accuracy are important. Those of you from outside teaching may have thought this was obvious. Those of you who teach will know that it is not.
You may notice that I am having trouble getting the words into neat columns. I've used the £nbsp tag to generate the spaces but when I switch to 'compose' mode they all disappear (although oddly, none of the other HTML tags do.)
Incidently the detectives amongst you will be narrowing down the list of possible subjects that I might teach. No doubt 'English' was crossed off long ago and 'I.T.' will now be joining it.
Heroes of Spelling:
Definitely Dan (and Rosey)
(The Rolls Royce website http://100.rolls-royce.com/products/view.jsp?id=363 thinks it should be 'Ecstacy' but I'll trust my commentators)
Academies (You can tell I didn't attend one)Pen
Indefinitely Sarah P
I'm not going to attempt the feeble excuse that the spellchecker doesn't seem to work. It's pretty poor if I can't even manage to look up a few words in the dictionary.
Please continue to point out any spelling or grammatical mistakes you spot in this blog so that I can correct them. What hope is there for the kids if the teachers can't be bothered to learn how to spell?
ps Thanks to whoever pointed out that a spellchecker is something that witches use.
Rescuers of Grammar
I asked Kyle from Year 11 what his views were on the teaching of grammar; in particular the importance of sentence structure, parts of speech and the different verb tenses. His considered opinion was:
"They don't learn you nuthin' here."
The fact that my own grammar is often wrong merely indicates incompetence on my part, which nowadays is not considered a fault. (In fact it's often the quickest way to a position on the Senior Management Team). I learnt long ago in teaching, that what is said is far more important than what is actually done.
My Version Correct Version Rescuer
I am sat I am sitting Pen
Absolve Abdicate Rich
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