I'm talking about writing samples, not spelling tests (where you correct mistakes without question). I had students write a brief sentence and here's an example of what I got: miu fend sed do you ned hlep edd I sed what I am so tempted to fix his spelling mistakes, but is it better that I not? I am wondering if he will even process it and if my red marks will only discourage him. Tips from the veteran pro 1st grade teachers here? When do we correct spelling mistakes in writing samples for 1st grade, and how often should we correct their spelling?