Spelling will look AND feel different within our classroom this year.
Traditionally, we have had a spelling curriculum that each classroom
teacher followed and guided their students by. However as expectations
shifted to standard-based instruction, we found that our curriculum was
not the best fit for the new standards that were handed down to us from
the national and state government. This does not mean that we no longer
will have spelling, just that it might not be as we've become accustomed
In the past students would receive a list of words to study and then be
quizzed on those words at the end of the week. Studies found that many
students did an excellent job and scored admirably on the test, but
were then unable to transfer the knowledge to other content areas; such
as their day-to-day writing.
trying to find a course of action for us this year, we will be
identifying students' spelling pattern strengths and weaknesses through
routine "inventory" assessments. Depending on where a student's needs
are determined, the will receive word sorts that they will work with
each week. The week will not be a Monday through Friday pattern, but
instead fit within our six-day cycle so that I am better able to meet
each groups' needs.
The students will receive their "sorts" on their specific cycle day and
then have expectations within our language block to practice working
with that spelling pattern. Expectations that I will have are sorting
words according to which spelling pattern is creating the designated
sound, writing the words, using them in a sentence, transferring their acquired
knowledge of those patterns that create the focused sounds, and then
finally assessing their proficiency in the focused area.
If you have any questions, please don't forget to e-mail me or contact me.