my dd is 2nd grade.
her teacher gives over 30 spelling words a week. once it was 37!!!
we are so frustrated, dd works hard, but between relaxing after school, dinner, and extra curricular activities, learning 30+ words a week is tough.
This past week one of the words was surprise. DD spelled it surprise, and her teacher marked it wrong. Teacher spelled it 'correctly' as suprise next to DD's spelling.
I wrote a note to the teacher, saying that it is actually surprise. Teacher called me from school to say, she had made a mistake and left out the R, but that my DD still misspelled it, as DD put 3 Rs in it. I said, really, I thought she spelled it right
I got the test when DD came home, and, yep, DD spelled it right.
The kids all did poorly, so teacher let them retake the test. DD got a 99 this time. Teacher took off 1 point for handwriting. I think she just did not want to give DD a 100 since I have questioned her. (I also emailed and said 37 spelling words was a lot and we were having problems with that)
I no longer want to contact the teacher because I am afraid it will negatively affect my DD. The other 2nd grade teachers give 15 words a week (per other parents).