ERIC Number: ED365962
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Strategies for Poor Spellers.
Sipe, Rebecca Bowers
Here's How, v12 n4 Feb 1994
A number of spelling strategies are available to help students who do not have a good visual memory. Phonics is a valuable tool in the early grades. Many students benefit from studying word families. Mnemonic devices and tactile methods are also useful. Spelling gains importance when students write, although both the purpose for writing and the audience must be considered. The dilemma for principals is how to provide appropriate guidance and support for teachers. The following research-based practices may prove helpful: (1) recognize that spelling is a writing skill; (2) remember that spelling is a developmental process; (3) use developmentally appropriate practices; (4) insist on correct spelling of words that have been studied; (5) concentrate on high-frequency words; (6) make a distinction between vocabulary words and spelling words; (7) focus instruction on time-tested strategies; (8) encourage students to use personal word lists; (9) emphasize word study; (10) encourage parent participation; (11) immerse students in literacy activities; and (12) teach spelling, do not just test it. (Five commonly asked questions and their answers are included.) (RS)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Elementary Education, Learning Strategies, Parent Participation, Principals, Spelling, Spelling Instruction, Teaching Methods, Writing Skills
National Association of Elementary School Principals, 1615 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22314-3483 ($2.50 for a single copy).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Association of Elementary School Principals, Alexandria, VA.