I remember doing spelling bees in class but it was to help with our spelling/vocab in elementary school and they were the fun activity for the week. In middle school it was an after school event not time during class.
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All the words you learn are committed to memory eventually (unless it's a particular word that for whatever reason you can never remember how to spell). Just because I'm a firm believer in phonics to aid in teaching children how to read does not mean that you apply phonics in everything you read for the rest of your life. It teaches vocabulary building blocks and I think that's far more important than memorizing a long or unusual word and looking at it as just ONE word instead of a combination of different word sounds.
The spelling bees here have always had a preliminary round which is a combined spelling and vocabulary test. You have to pass that to advance to the round-robin spelling bee part. I thought that was pretty standard. If you don't know what the words mean, then it's nothing more than rote memorization and at that point you might as well memorize something more fun like the state capitals in reverse alphabetical order, or the list of prepositions in the English language, or the wild birds native to North America.
I remember a spelling bee in 7th grade, it was down to me & a girl named Melanie. I got the word omelet, which I spelled like that. I was judged incorrect. Melanie spelled it omelette and won, I got second place. I went back to my classroom, got a dictionary, and took it back to the room where the spelling bee was being held. I showed them that omelet is the standard U.S. spelling while omelette is considered to be borrowed French. The wimpy judges decided we both won, my silver statue was traded in for a second gold statue, and I never joined another spelling bee.
David Letterman is retiring. Such great memories of watching him over the past thirty-two years!
I guess he was right, if you look at it that way, but as a kid I felt really gypped. Plus she was a friend of mine. It was so awkward.
But now when I think about it, he was obviously right that she should have been in there.
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