💬 Family member: You’ll going to have to improve your spelling if you’re to become an English teacher.
19-year-old me: 😬
True story. These were misspellings on my holiday packing list. 🛄
At that time I was doing an English degree. And I had high hopes of being at the chalk face when I graduated. 👩🏫
I know being good at English isn’t all about spelling. There’s sentence structure, vocabulary, cohesion, skills of inference and analysis. The list goes on…
But I didn’t want 🙋♀️a hand to be raised in my classroom. “Miss, you’ve made a spelling error!” 😳
So, I got tough on myself and sorted it out.
It took effort. The main thing was not to gloss over my misspellings. I knew in my gut when I’d made a mistake. So I looked them up. Every time. And I began pronouncing words in my head the way they are spelled.
…Not that I have to write these words very often.
But with words like:
I use these often and still say them in my head the way they are spelled.
⏩ 19 years later, not only have I completed 15 years of teaching, but I’m a trained proofreader and have had my own business for two and a half years. 🔎