Make the learning stick!
Reflect- What's working?
My escalator moment during a Friday spelling test.
Writer, Eric Jensen says that we discard 98% of everything that comes into our brains.
What do you need to make a piece of velcro stick?
Find someone to Stick with and have a conversation.
A learner must be able to connect to what is being taught!
Telling is not teaching! One side of the velcro cannot stick!
If the information is not meaningful, in other words relevant, to the learner, learning will not occur.
It makes no difference if it’s interesting, meaningful, or relevant to the teacher. It must be relevant to the student.
Connect to Prior Knowledge!
Effective spelling programs replace rote memorization with study techniques that get students actively involved in their own development as spellers and writers.
Growing pains are ok!
Chunk & Check!
The following instructional ideas are from:
Choose the words that teach the patterns they need to know.
2. Latin and Greek root words
4. High-frequency words
5. Commonly misspelled words
Personal Spelling Journals = relevance
Have the students track their own progress & self correct.
♦ BOLO (Be On the Lookout) words.
Misspelled word "head hunt"
Proofreading opportunities are all around...
How are the students APPLYING the spelling rules?
Have the students create the games
Try it out...
Add your Word Pyramid to Seesaw
How important is practice? It takes 24 times to acquire a skill!
Mix it up & spiral the practice!
It takes 20 hours of deliberate practice to show mastery!
Frequent retrieval is necessary!
How do good spellers handle the tricky words?
- Students should recognize which words are “troublemakers” and identify the tricky parts.
- Use mnemonics, a memory device that helps you remember something. Some common spelling mnemonics include a friend is there to the end, it is definite, and piece of pie. While we don’t encourage kids to overuse this strategy, mnemonics can be helpful for remembering Rule Breakers and troublemakers. Just remember that if these devices are overused, it may difficult to remember all of the mnemonics, which defeats the purpose!
Watch your verbs! Align the work to the TEKS!
Give them an audience and you give them reason to produce quality work!
Allow them to contribute and/or manage the class blog.
Students need to do, to participate, and to create!
Let them discover!
It's not about what we are putting down, but about what they're picking up! (Berryism)
When students learn the material for themselves, it becomes their learning, not our teaching, and because it is their learning, they own it. They will remember it, they will be able to apply it, and they will be able to use it as the foundation for new learning and creating.