Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Teachers' Own Spelling and Grammar

Yes, it is a pet peeve of mine.  Teachers make a HUGE number of spelling, grammar, and usage errors, when they write (or word process) their notes to me, their sub.  But I have to admit that the funniest error was a teacher who spelled his own name wrong in large letters at the top of the note.  I know it was wrong, because he spelled in correctly several other places in his room and on his materials.  Names are usually spelled the same in all locations. 

I know I make a large number of typos.  And I usually don't see them until I hit send or publish.  And, I know teachers are often in a hurry when they write the sub notes.  So, I usually cringe and just go on, but it worries me a bit, when I can see that teachers really don't know the difference between "whose" and "who's", or "their" and "there", etc.


  1. As a teacher, I can say I only get a sub when I am really really sick. So I write those sub notes in a state of illness/fog. Teachers are human and we make mistakes.

  2. Yes, I know. I do, too - loads of them. But wouldn't it worry you a bit when a teacher has planned an absence days in advance, the note is obviously written on a word processor, and you still find 18 spelling, grammar, and usage errors on one page? More than half of the jobs I get are planned absences - for trainings or for doctor's appointments, but I still find a significant number of errors in the sub notes. And it does worry me. Sorry.