This comes as a recommended link from Jane who is doing her PhD focusing on literacy and teacher knowledge of phonological awareness.
“Visting Erskine Fellow Dr Kenn Apel talks about a range of strategies that have been shown to effectively improve spelling. ”
A university lecture that has been recorded but for all that an interesting session. Makes the point that simply rote learning words does little to actually ‘teach’ rules of English to enable children to understand the code of how written English works. So the give words on Monday and test on Friday as homework model is not particularly effective pedagogy.
He outlines 5 Building Blocks to children ‘understanding’ spelling.

Aimed more at things for older children ….

8 Responses to “Spelling instruction”
  1. Hi Greg
    Can you email me the link for this video as I am having real difficulty getting it to download on your blog.

  2. This is great thanks Greg. I will be sharing this with others. Just out of interest what did you use to embed the video into your blog? I had no control over the place in the video and for some reason I lost connection part way through and it star

  3. greg.carroll says:

    yeah Paul and Lynne -- this is a function of the Uni of Canterbury site and the way their flash player behaves. I have added a link to the blog post.
    Had to work wiht the imbed code they published.

  4. Thanks Greg, this is a current discussion in my school and this is a fantastic resource to promote debate and clarify ideas.
    Many thanks

  5. Me again. The Word Savvy book might just transform how your senior class teachers teach spelling (if they are open to it). Max Brand shows clearly, and in teacher language, how to integrate vocabulary, spelling, and word study in real classrooms (no theory, OK!). It might even start teachers on a path to rethink their reading and writing programmes. Buy it on Amazon as the local supplier for Senhouse is in Australia and charges an arm and a leg to get books to New Zealand. And get one per teacher, it is the best in-service you can do on spelling.

  6. […] One could take the traditional route to building vocab which is generally done through the spelling or word study classroom programme but to be honest the old spelling notebook home on Monday and back by Friday for a spelling test with word activities in between does not really engage me or my students (and also is not pedagogically sound according to this). […]

  7. Finally….the demise of the dreaded home spelling notebook system. It disengages kids and has little learning value. The learning of spelling is greatly aided and strengthened by reading, knowing how words look and playing around with words (quizzes, crosswords, word builders etc).

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