FOUR IMPORTANT LESSONS FOR PRONOUNCERS, PART 4

And our final lesson...at least for now. "The pronouncer is not a judge." This lesson could probably be extrapolated into this particular theme: Everyone at a bee has a certain role and set of responsibilities. With as little exception as possible, each person should attend only to their responsibilities. I coached a young man this year who made it to his district bee (which I did not attend). He received a word...and may or may not have spelled it correctly. Opinion was divided - not only amongst the judges, but also amongst…

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FOUR IMPORTANT LESSONS FOR PRONOUNCERS, PART 3

On to lesson #3: "The pronouncer should stick with the word list during the bee as determined prior to the bee." When I was competing in the regional spelling bee in 1988, I was the favorite to win, having won the previous year. In fact, I was so much the favorite, that when we went "out of the book," the pronouncer told me that "this next word seems too easy for you," and chose to move on to a more difficult word. (The word he passed over was "whirligig," and…

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FOUR IMPORTANT LESSONS FOR PRONOUNCERS, PT 2.

In a bee, just as in every project or organization, each person has a role to fulfill. Arguably, the role of pronouncer is the most important role of all. So what does the pronouncer have to do? Well, from the first post in this series, the pronouncer should pronounce the words...and pronounce them correctly. Let's address the second lesson: "The pronouncer's role is to pronounce and give pertinent information about the word, and to spell the word correctly when a student misspells. Nothing more." I want to address those last…

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FOUR IMPORTANT LESSONS FOR PRONOUNCERS, PT. 1

Bee season is now at full tilt, with some regions already claiming representatives to the national bee this year. I've been witness to at least one district-level bee, and have heard about three or so other bees. For the most part, they're running smoothly. But there's always room for improvement, right? So far, I have four lessons I could impart to organizers and pronouncers. Make sure the pronouncer knows how to pronounce the words. The pronouncer's role is to pronounce and give pertinent information about the word, and to spell…

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