RE 5040 Fall 2011
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Rachel Hicks
Mon Dec 5, 2011 19:06

I agree that we have been moving away from spelling. We need to continue to teach our students how to spell and sound out their words. We are asking them to do these things when they read. Why not reinforce it with their writing. I also believe that students should know how to spell the High Frequency Words that we are asking them to recognize. It does them no good to know the word by sight, when they can't spell it correctly in their papers.

  • Jennifer and Ginger - sarah hutson, Thu Dec 1 00:14
    I really enjoyed your presentation on word sorts. This is a very good example of differentiated lesson planning. Every child was receiving word study instruction on his or her level and study was... more
    • Spelling - Rachel Hicks, Mon Dec 5 19:06
      • Re: Spelling - crousejs, Wed Dec 7 23:01
        Kudos! I agree with you. I think that is what I love about word sorts the most. It has to be truly learned, applied, and their test is completely random. I can pick any word that fits their word sort ... more
        • word sorts test at random - Amanda Solesbee, Thu Dec 8 00:30
          YES YES YES! Truly learned, applied, and their test is random! 100% agreed! I always test them with 5 words from their list for confidence purposes, then test them on 5 other words that follow the... more
          • words at random - burchamal, Sat Dec 10 07:44
            That is genius and so obvious but I have never done that. I have been teaching with word sorts for a while now but I've only just used the words in the sort. I will definitely start throwing in words ... more
            • words at random - Ginger Landers, Wed Dec 14 20:46
              I hope you have good results using words at random. It does help to make sure the kids understand the pattern and not just memorized the word.
      • reply to spelling - Sarah Hutson, Tue Dec 6 10:51
        I agree!
    • Reply - crousejs, Thu Dec 1 20:59
      Thank you for your kind comments. I have taught spelling with three different programs now and this is the best one I have used so far. Our first graders love it! I had a child that was in the... more
      • Re: Reply - Ruth Ann Timmons, Thu Dec 1 23:52
        Isn't that a great feeling? I love to see a child who realizes their accomplishment and get to celebrate their success with them. Positive parental feedback is always a good thing.
      • reply to Jennifer - sarah hutson, Thu Dec 1 21:59
        How wonderful for that student! And getting positive parental feedback is awesome! You know when both student and parent are seeing results and are pleased, then you are doing something right!!!
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RE 5040 Fall 2011