One thing from Steve Peha's All’s Well That Spells Well that I've been trying is a "Have a Go" card. So far, it has been working well. At first, I had a pile of students lining up for me to check their cards....I suppose it was the novelty of it all! I had to remind the students of the various tools they can try before coming to me with their Have a Go cards. These tools were brainstormed by the students and listed below, the Spelling Toolbox. I have been trying to make the students more independent with their spelling attempts, I am happy to help but soon, I will not be around to help them! So, they need to internalize a list of strategies to attempt unfamiliar words independently.
Leigh Ann and I read Steve Peha’s work on All’s Well That Spells Well. I wont even try to summarize what’s within the document. You can download and read it all from http://www.ttms.org/ Enjoying soaking up what he has to say and form your own opinions. The document is described as “practical perspective and simple suggestions for the teaching of spelling” and “a fast and fabulous getting started guide to research-based spelling instruction”.
The document has articulated for me what I believe about Spelling and amongst the many good ideas I’ve chosen a few as tools to begin making change within my own practice. Below is one document (a Spelling Inquiry of a sound to its letter patterns - you can also use a letter pattern to its sounds) which I’ve recreated from All’s Well That Spells Well. We use this coupled with the THRASS Picturechart another great visual and practical resource from http://www.thrass.com.au/
I use this Spelling Inquiry during the Sharing, Revising and Editing stages of the Writing Process when focusing on 6+1 Writing Trait of Conventions.
ProDivas is a simple sharing approach, teacher to teacher, for our professional development. We collect and share bite-sized practical ideas. Once you take a bite, you may be self-motivated to eat the whole meal! We aim to find ideas supported by research to then apply for “best practice” but some ideas are too good to miss and are just simple “teacher tips”.