I have two:
In 5th grade, back in the old days when one teacher taught all subjects to his or her class, I had a teacher who constantly mispronounced words. The one I remember most is "athaleet." A few of us thought we'd be smart on our every-Friday spelling test by spelling "athaleet" the way she pronounced it. I think that was the first time I realized that it's not always good to correct other people!
The other was in 8th grade. We spent that whole year practicing writing capital letters in cursive. My teacher's goal was to stop the heretical practice of separating the capital from the lowercase: "The first letter must connect to the second letter!"
For the high school exit exam years ago, knowing the parts of the newspaper was necessary. So, on a quiz the ninth graders were asked to identify the various pages, and one boy wrote on a blank "Obitchyouairy."
Just got a text from a student who announced she was "cautious optimistic" about this school year. Wonder which she really is--cautious or optimistic?
Can't stand the mispronunciations of realtor (realator) and nuclear (nucular).
I'm always stunned at the consistent appearance of the lowercase I--as in, i don't get it. Well, I do get it. They're too lazy or disinterested to push the shift key. Grrrr.
Reminding students to proofread what they copy from a resource is very important. When a student defined "rampart", he wrote " a wall around a fornication". I wonder what was on his mind!
I work with student to prepare personal essays for college applications. I received a paper from a student, and the second paragraph began, "Taking speed when I was a Sophomore has prepared me for college." Of course I was concerned. When I asked the student about it, he said he had meant to say "Speech". He took 'speech' as a a Sophomore, not 'speed'.
I have two stories:
The first was actually told to me by a college friend. She had been asked to review her friend's resume. She had sent out several in search of a public relations position, and had not received any calls and was hoping some improvement in the resume would help. Sure enough, one look at her resume showed in the very first line of her objective that she had left out the "L" in the word "public" lol. Spell check didn't pick that one up!
The second story is also a lesson in the dangers of spell check. A student I had typed very fast, and apparently accidentally left out the "d" in "and" several times in a typed essay he submitted. I stood in front of the class to use it as an example of why one cannot just rely on spell check, but I didn't say whose paper it was. Well... :-) the student who had made the mistake laughed and said outloud "misspelled AND?!? who's the moron that did that?" lol i just smiled at him and he said, "oh no... it was me, wasn't it?" lol beautiful!
A brief confession from my own past: In 5th grade, our teacher decided to teach everyone proper pluralization. Even then, at the tender age of 10, I felt like the work was "beneath" me (egotistical much?). So, as she passed around a worksheet that contained words to be made plural, I conjured up new plurals of my own:
"Meese" for moose, "Cariboon" for caribou, and so on. I wound up with an F on the assignment, of course, but even in retrospect, the fun was worth it. I've often learned lessons on teaching today's students from the misconduct of my youth.
Great lesson for those who use the grammar check in Word. Apparently, one of my students got an error when she used the word "Anglo-Saxon" in a sentence, but clicked on the first choice that word offered her instead of looking through the choices. What she ended up with in the final draft of the essay that I graded was "angler saxophone." Lovely LOL!