We’ve been building class dictionaries, using Padlet, as a pre-reading task recently and this has helped students focus on key vocabulary.
It has set me thinking about the importance of teaching students to spell rather than testing spelling.
How can we help students to identify the words that they need to know?
How can we help them to learn how to learn?
Well, I’m still trying to work out the answers, but I put together this presentation for an in-house PD session recently. It’s based on Robert Marzano’s ideas about effectively teaching spelling and contains ideas and games from, well, all over, that my students have enjoyed …
I’d love to hear any thoughts about how you help students identify key words and how you approach the teaching of spelling in your classroom.