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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Spelling Bee-- Not for Me

I just caught the last 30 minutes of the Scripps National Spelling Bee and oh my do I feel dumb. My son wanted to tape the show because a student from his middle school had made it to the finals--congratulations Ramya! I wasn't really paying attention until the last few rounds and all I can say is who the heck uses or knows any of these words? Wisent, diacoele, guayabera, reredos, sophrosyne, good grief! As I type all of these spelling words, they are underlined as if they are misspelled. They don't even show up on spellcheck. I did get one word right and it was even a championship word--menhir. It has something to do with a monolith of prehistoric origin--whatever that means.


  1. I just did a Spelling Bee at school (there was free Chipotle with a sign-up) and got out after I couldn't spell ukulele.

  2. My fourth and fifth grade teacher made us participate in spelling bees. I hated them even though I didn't do so bad. To this day, I have a problem with spelling bees. Kids just memorize the words but they don't memorize spelling patterns. Find me a person who can actually teach a child to spell with a good curriculum behind it. And where is the research saying that spelling bees are useful?


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