Handling reversals in writing....

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  1. 1stferg

    1stferg Comrade

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    When you check work, how do you handle reversals of letters or numbers?
    I usually make a correction on the paper. But then I usually only give full credit for answers where all the letters or numbers are made correctly. Every child in my class has an alphabet chart on their desk and I am constantly reminding them to check the chart to make sure they are writing letters correctly. (numbers also). I have been told that I am being too tough to expect first graders to make the numbers and letters correctly all the time. If I know what the child meant then I should give full credit. What are your thoughts?
     
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  3. Danny'sNanny

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    I put a small dot underneath, and sometimes hand it back for corrections (depending on the assignment), but I never mark it wrong.

    So if a child has a b/d reversal on a spelling test, there is a colored dot from my marker, but the child gets full credit for the word.
     
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    I underline the letter or number that is backwards and tell them to turn it around.
     
  5. MissAnt

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    Reversals are developmental, the best thing to do is bring it to their attention, model correct formation, and allow them to fix the reversal. I don't believe it should be counted against them.
     
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    At this time in the year, I remind mine to check letters & numbers & correct as needed. I model & show them correct & incorrect ways to write. Also point out that a backwards letter can change a word, example bad - dad. If b/d or p/q are backwards I mark them wrong. If a 2 is backwards & looks more like a 5 I mark it wrong. Sometimes on a spelling test if not quite legible I'll call them aside & have them spell the word orally.
     
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    On spelling tests, however, reversals are counted as errors.
     

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