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January TEC Talk

posted Jan 22, 2016, 6:36 AM by llloyd@bbejaguars.org


What is the Issue? I have heard it from many people that lately there is a high tolerance for misspellings when our students share ideas in social texts, emails, chats, etc. The question that has been asked to me, is what will happen when our students need to write for a specific purpose? Will they know how to write formally and know how to write for specific audiences? 

What Common Sense Says: Yes, we continue to teach and emphasize the importance of writing for certain audiences and writing their messages to get the respect of the people to whom they are writing to. As educators, parents, and community members, we can all encourage our children to always make sure to know the audience and create the messages accordingly. When students are writing to people they do not know, they should use a more formal tone which is the best and most safest way to communicate. Get to the point because as we all know, we all get flooded with messages and emails daily. Always, only write over emails, texts, chats, etc. what they would say to someone in person. Using uppercase letters rarely is also a great idea, otherwise people may think they are shouting. Only use uppercase letters when you want to make a strong point.

In addition, always have your children proofread. Also, use emoticons sparingly. Using smiley faces or other emojis on occasion can help other understand the mean without your voice, but normally are not appropriate for formal emails or are often over used!