How not to teach spelling

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There is a big gap between sending home spelling lists and teaching spelling, but taking the time to close that gap is worth it in so many ways, not least for those students who will otherwise go through life saying “I can’t spell”. This photo, used by permission, was posted on a … Read More

Spelling Game versus Spelling Challenge

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Do you play spelling games in your classroom? If yes, do you use Scrabble tiles or similar? If you’re trying to help your students create a consistent spelling strategy which also supports word reading, be cautious with spelling games. If you’re playing games with letters rather than graphemes, you’re unlikely to make … Read More

Syllables and Spelling

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When you hear ‘syllables’, do you think about how a word appears in a dictionary? Or split across the lines in a book? Or do you think of ‘6 types of syllables’? In That Reading Thing we usually go with the descriptive syllable method with a slight tweak in favour of suffixes … Read More

Dictionary of the British English Spelling System

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If you love etymonline.com for exploring the history of words, here’s another rich resource, a dictionary of British English spelling (one dialect only) arranged by phonemes with their corresponding graphemes (for spelling) and graphemes with their corresponding phonemes (for reading). It’s not a lightweight book and, like etymonline, contains more information than … Read More

Spelling List Advice for Teachers

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This is the second post looking at spelling lists generated by teachers.* This one comes from the Outwood Grange Academies Trust which has coined the phrase the “Dirty Thirty” spelling list. It includes many commonly misspelt words that come up regularly in TST workshops and Post-16 Phonics trainings. The list as it … Read More