I just discovered that, for reasons unknown to me because I totally know better, I have been misspelling "kindergarten" as "kindergarden" on this website. I am so embarrassed! Rest assured, I do know how to spell and the little red squiggle line now appears under the misspelling of that and other words.
What can we learn here?
Mistakes happen, and I know we learn the most from them. Gues who will be paying extra-close attention to the word kindergartner for the rest of my life? This guy. (Also, I just did it again, fix it, and learned that it's kindergartner not kindergartener... I'm a quick study).
Proofing is something we ask of our students. Authors, writers, and the media have folks proofing, editing, and producing their work. I need to show the same level of respect, responsibility, and care in my own work. It's more than spelling correctly - it's taking pride in a well-produced media contribution.
I appreciate when people point out the blips and errors in my work. As long as you are professional about it, I will heed that advice, edit my work, and learn from that mistake. This isn't a "your fly's down" acknowledgement (those are tricky, right). It's not even a "there's something in your teeth." This is spelling, grammar, and professionalism. With me, find a way to tactfully show me my errors. I will be ever-so grateful. Isn't that what we'd do for our students?
Live and learn!
Andrew G. Leiser