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Return-Path: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Received: from literacy (localhost [127.0.0.1]) by literacy.nifl.gov (8.10.2/8.10.2) with SMTP id j0KEpbn22983; Thu, 20 Jan 2005 09:51:38 -0500 (EST) Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 09:51:38 -0500 (EST) Message-Id: <00bd01c4ff00$84ae12e0$0502a8c0@frodo> Errors-To: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Originator: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Precedence: bulk From: "Marie Cora" <email@example.com> To: Multiple recipients of list <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: [NIFL-ASSESSMENT:868] Spelling discussion continues X-Listprocessor-Version: 6.0c -- ListProcessor by Anastasios Kotsikonas X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook, Build 10.0.2627 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Content-Type: text/plain; Status: O Content-Length: 1904 Lines: 44 Hi all, I am posting this message from colleague Judy Titzel. (I have to say that toward the end of Judy's message where she notes that "she can't spell worth a dang" - I actually know this to be true!:-)) Thanks, marie Interesting interchange....hopefully the list thread won't slide into the 'reading wars', or 'spelling wars', or 'math wars' where extremely complex sets of skills are polarized between foundation skills and higher order thinking skills. [Katrina, I'm certainly not saying your post is in that category.] Example: many of my students feel they can't 'do math' because they don't know their times tables (or can't write because they don't know how to spell). But they can and should be encouraged to exercise their reasoning skills while working on those less exciting foundation skills. There is enough research by now to assure teachers and learners that one does not need to be proficient in foundation skills (spelling, grammar, times tables) to use and strengthen thinking skills (solving math problems with mathematical reasoning; conveying thoughts through writing) and in fact, work on foundation skills should not occur in isolation but in the context of actually thinking through a problem, situation, task, etc. A balance must be struck, especially to enable adults students to experience success and gain a bit of self confidence in using their thinking skills. It's pretty discouraging to focus on those dang times tables for ever! For full disclosure, I must say that dispite holding a bunch of advanced degrees (i.e. over-educated), I can't spell worth a dang (my computer spell check often tells me it can't figure out what the heck i'm searching for and I have a hard time using the dictionary because it takes way too long to find a word when you only know the first letter!! and I'm not exagerating. ) I'm all for balance. Judy Titzel Providence, RI
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