Teaching Spelling: a Practical Resource is full of ideas, approaches and useful theory on how to approach spelling across various grade levels. I haven't gotten through all if it yet but, so far it is very interesting and helpful. With any new book like this, it takes me time to process the ideas and think of ways to implement them in my classroom. It came recommended from All’s Well That Spells Well and I think it was well worth the visit to amazon.com! If anyone has any experience implementing ideas from this book in class, or one like it, please let us know!
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.
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”.