Spelling List Advice for Teachers

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

tion sion ssion cion cian

Whenever I get talking to a teacher about spelling, I offer them my brilliant idea that every school should, in the first couple of weeks of the first term, have a “-tion Day” when each first year student and teacher will adopt a useful word ending in -tion. By the end of … Read More

Creating a culture of spelling in your classroom

There are two reasons for teaching spelling through a consistent approach like TST. The first is obviously to make sure students are spelling accurately but the second is equally important if not as obvious. It helps to create a culture of spelling in your classroom. It becomes a conversation rather than a … Read More

Spelling Photosynthesis

Over on Twitter @ChrisHallsEd says: Of course #syntheticphonics is vital, but does it help a child spell photosynthesis in Yr. 5? We need to equip ALL children with ALL the tools to succeed. #syllables The only reason phonics doesn’t currently help a year 5 child to spell photosynthesis is that year 5 … Read More

Spelling words with ough

This is a slightly modified excerpt from That Spelling Thing. Bundling by tricky code <ough> isn’t a common grapheme but it occurs in very common words and it worries people because <ough> words look so similar. However, by thinking in sounds and using the TST script, anxious spellers no longer have to … Read More

Spelling Complex Secondary Science Words

Struggling spellers tend to think of short words as easy and long words as hard when it’s often the little words that require more memory. The best way to convince a student of this is to use the TST ‘building with puzzle pieces’ lesson rather than going right into spelling. Building is … Read More

Spelling with a Dyslexic Adult

A treasure from 2005: how to morph That Reading Thing into That Spelling Thing for a dyslexic adult. I was working with a severely dyslexic 27-year-old whose huge sight vocabulary put him beyond TRT lessons for reading but not for spelling. He struggled with the idea of words as collections of sounds … Read More

Spelling Maths Vocabulary

Leading a session with a group of secondary teachers from various departments, I boldly ask for words their students struggle to spell so I can show them how our strategies work. The maths teacher says, ‘isosceles’. Oh, super. Have I mentioned that I’m a normal speller? That Spelling Thing doesn’t come out … Read More

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