Conquering the ‘Dirty 30’ spelling words

Dirty 30 spelling words

At That Spelling Thing, we believe every single secondary teacher, no matter what their subject, should have an easy to implement strategy for spelling in their classroom. A good strategy should capitalize on what students already know and remove the need for remembering every word by sight.

Our unofficial motto is No More Look Cover Write Check! and we mean if from the bottom of our hearts.

According to Professor Greg Brooks, the English code behaves predictably 77% of the time. The "Dirty 30" list - even though it's comprised of words that area apparently very difficult to spell - has a 73/27 split between predictable and more tricky spellings.

I'm working on writing new blog posts on those two types of words in the Dirty 30, updated to go with the book.

In the meantime, follow @spelling_thing on Twitter for post updates and other spelling hints and tips.

Thanks for your patience.

PS This isn't my photo but one I've seen all over Twitter. If you know who owns it, I'd like to give credit.