Off to school
Linda's Story (3)
Linda could remember when her understanding began to change. It was like the coming of the dawn. She had gone down to her first class, with her arms laden with a pile of books, that she had volunteered to mark and to support the teacher.
"Hi Linda" she said "I'm glad you came in early, there are things I would like to talk to you about."
The teacher went on to explain that she had noticed one girl who had regularly made the same mistakes in her written work, despite being made to correct them. Many of the mistakes she found as she looped through the pages of the student’s workbooks where ones that had appeared in earlier spelling lists.
“I looked back at her spelling results and they were quite good” continued the teacher. “What surprised me, Linda, was there were a group of children with similar error patterns in their work. I was beginning to think that the children’s workbooks were a better spelling test than my weekly one.
“So what do you think we need to do?” asked Linda.