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Spelling homework goes viral, but it's teacher who's under the spotlight

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Is it ever OK for teachers to make spelling errors?

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A schoolboy’s spelling homework has caused a stir on Twitter, but it’s not the child’s efforts that have caught people’s attention. Unfortunately it’s the teacher’s spelling that’s under the spotlight.


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Twitter user Amanda from Kent, who goes by the handle Pandamoanimum, shared an image of the spelling words that were pasted into her Year 6 son’s literacy homework jotter, together with a note from his teacher.

She captioned the image, "My son has spellings from school that they want him to learn. I'm currently holding my head and sighing."

More than 1,700 people have retweeted the picture, which includes the misspellings "sincerley" and "immediateley".

There were also glaring errors in the teacher’s note, which read: "For homework each week, I will be sending home six words from the recommended spelling test which I will then pick up in class the following work. Please try to help you child learn these as it will make a real difference".

Other parents were shocked and keen to share their own experiences of their kids' teachers making spelling mistakes.

"Similar happens with the girls' homework, printed from online sources, littered with errors", wrote Donna Gallers.

C. Dodds Pennock agreed, saying she has seen examples such as "witch" instead of which, "quitely" instead of quietly and "bolganise" instead of Bolognese.

However, others accused Amanda of faking the picture as a way to poke fun at her son’s teacher, prompting her to post the following reply: 

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Some of the people who came out in support of Amanda were teachers themselves, including Ed Finch, who said, "I’ve been teaching for a decade and seen some homework howlers but that really is the worse. I feel sorry for everyone".

Amanda Mannion added: "Speaking as a teacher, it was probably written at 2 am after marking 90 books and a bottle of red. Inexcusable all the same".

"I'm a teacher and I'm glad you're doing something about it", posted Nicola Fisher. "And I don't think you shamed anyone".

That's not the end of the story — it turns out the teacher seems to have spotted her errors and sent a revised version home in her pupils' bags. But not, unfortunately, in time to avoid becoming an Internet talking point. And it wasn't quite enough to undo the damage, as it's not error-free either...

Is it OK for teachers to make spelling mistakes? Let us know your thoughts.

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