I have been an elementary school teacher for fifteen years. During the course of that time, I have seen or heard about many hilarious writing mistakes children have innocently made. Allow me to share my favorite one with you.
Every week in second grade we had Spelling tests on Friday. In an effort to improve students' writing as well as spelling, we incorporated sentence dictation into our weekly assessments. One year I was blessed to have a particularly bright, very well-rounded student. Let's call him Mikey (name changed). Mikey was one of those students who came from a wonderful family, both parents actively involved in his life. I don't remember him ever getting in trouble. Publically teachers don't have "favorite students". But honestly, I would have gladly taken 17 more just like Mikey.
One week we were focusing on the "ir" sound, and one of the words was "shirt". (Have you already guessed the typo?) I also, one might say providentially, chose to use that word in one of the dictation sentences that week. The dictation sentence was:
The boy had to wash his dirty shirt.
Well...Mikey left off the "r" in shirt. To make matters worse (or more comical), my practice was to circle mistakes in the sentences so students would know what they did wrong. It was the only mistake on Mikey's paper—and there was "that word" circled with a red (or purple or whatever color I was using at the time) pen. It jumped off the page like a glaring neon sign in captial letters!
I knew his parents were going to die of embarrassment..."nice" people just don't talk that way here in the south. But I also had a hard time keeping from laughing every time I looked at that paper. Doing the only thing I could, I folded the paper, stapled it with his other work, and sent it home.
Monday I made sure to see his mother to find out what happened at their house that weekend. Her smile almost matched my own when she told me her son's reaction. She said, "His eyes got so big, and he looked up at me with worry. He said, 'Oh mom! Please tell Mrs. Harris that was an accident! Don't let her think I talk like that!'"
So needless to say, we smoothed the whole incident over, with my assurance that I knew he had made a mistake. But I doubt he has ever mispelled the word "shirt" again!