Tuesday, 19 April 2011


Graduate teachers are often consumed by a cocktail of emotions when starting their career; nervous, excited, determined, eager and daunted. Teaching your class to spell is an essential component of education and the literacy curriculum. Students need to know how to spell in order to aid them with reading and writing, now and in their future life. 

Spelling is learning about words, and through teaching the origin and logic of words this will help to cement spelling strategies and ideas into your student's minds. There are four knowledges of spelling; phonological, visual, morphemic and etymological. Dictionaries are a useful resource for the classroom, and by incorporating phonics, THRASS, word studies and spelling lists into your pedagogy this will aid your pupils in becoming more proficient spellers and users of the English language. 

Spelling can be reinforced via shared reading, small group reading, whole group writing and whole class spelling. Interesting and engaging spelling activities, rules and strategies make spelling more enjoyable for the entire class.

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