Note to Goose’s teacher

3 Nov

There are two c’s in raccoon.  I just thought you should know.  I mean, good spelling skills are not necessarily a measure of intelligence.  My father is a brilliant and world-renowned (in certain circles) scientist, and last I checked he still spells “cheese” with a “z”.  But if you’re giving instruction on writing, and more specifically editing, I think it would be nice if your example did not include a paragraph in which raccoon is spelled incorrectly eight times.  Also, you use “it’s” for “it’s jumping over the fence” and “its” for “its tail is stuck between the planks”.  I’m just saying.


13 Responses to “Note to Goose’s teacher”

  1. madhousewife November 3, 2009 at 1:29 pm #

    Preach it!

  2. patience November 3, 2009 at 3:17 pm #

    The “it’s/its” errors are especially unforgivable in a teacher.

  3. Kamilli Vanilli November 3, 2009 at 3:31 pm #

    The horror of it all….

  4. Evitafjord November 3, 2009 at 3:58 pm #


    My current pet peeve is pluralizing (is that the word? I don’t care, I’m okay with making up words, though I am a little annoyed with myself that I don’t off the top of my head know if it’s a real word or not) words with ‘s. Example: “Hey, look at all the raccoon’s.”

  5. Susan M November 3, 2009 at 4:49 pm #

    You shouldn’t give racoon’s cheeze, its bad for them.

  6. Kathy November 3, 2009 at 6:57 pm #

    I have a problem with someone saying ‘those ones’ or these ones’. I’ve asked a grammar teacher about this and she says it’s acceptable. But.. it sure makes one sound dumb when they say it.

  7. tawnya November 3, 2009 at 7:42 pm #

    I’m scared for when this happens at my house…

  8. Julie November 3, 2009 at 8:45 pm #


  9. bythelbs November 3, 2009 at 10:47 pm #

    Maybe I should point out that this is a student teacher that will be finishing up in Goose’s class in the next week or two. Although, it was her regular teacher that confused peddle/pedal, so…

    Mad—Can I get an amen?


    Kamilli—It was difficult to watch.

    Evita—Except when you’re pluralizing individual letters of the alphabet, of course! (I actually looked that one up just to be sure.)


    Kathy—Sometimes I think I sound like more of an ass using proper grammar.

    Tawnya—I’m scared for when this happens at your house…

    Julie—Perfect usage.

  10. flip flop mama November 4, 2009 at 9:37 am #

    You should start correcting her and just sending it back with Goose’s homework.

  11. Janelle November 5, 2009 at 6:41 pm #

    Yes, did you send the note in?

    • bythelbs November 6, 2009 at 10:22 am #

      Actually, this all happened while I was volunteering in the classroom. I was grading papers and observing the writing lesson. I didn’t think it was appropriate to point out the errors in front of the children. And how exactly would I go about bringing it up? Awk. Ward.

      • flip flop mama November 6, 2009 at 3:42 pm #

        Yes I can see how that could possibly cause a problem. Um….

        Good use of discretion.

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