Who's up for more Edward Dolch quotes? (from Problems in reading, 1948.)
Somehow they are poor spellers without knowing why . . . they have given up. All their efforts have proved vain, and they think they just cannot learn to spell. These are the students who need our special attention. They do not need more censure or ridicule; they have usually had nothing else from their teachers for years. First of all, they need sympathetic understanding. They are not willfully misspelling. They are not just lazy. They are handicapped. That is the position any teacher must take if she is to help the student improve. He has some difficulty that has to be located and corrected, and then he will become as good a speller as others.
Even as an adult with a college degree, a lifetime of reading, and very deliberate effort, I have a difficult time spelling. Mostly I get hung up on vowels in the middle of long words - I can just never figure out which one to use! This quote is a nice reminder to be patient with those who are trying their best but never seem to succeed. Be kind.