I have been trying to help my teachers realize that when they are writing their students names on name plates for desk or cubbies or putting their names on bulletin boards, that they should write as though the children are reading. After all, we are trying for name recognition. I have some teachers that try to write cutsie or print crazy fonts off the computer. Their response is that they do not want things to look boring. I also had a teacher that did a class book using the Dr, Suess book "In a People House" for inspiration. When she wrote the children's responses to what was in their house she used the ampersand (spelling?) instead of the word "and" . The kids had colored the pages and she had laminated them and put the book together before she showed it to me. Luckily when she laminated it, glue bled through on some of the pages making the words unreadable. I had her rewrite the sentences on paper and place over the other sentences and relaminate. She said I was being too picky. I tried to tell her that she would be sending the book home with each student to read with their parents and when they are sight reading they need to see things written correctly. What do you think?