In my first few years of teaching, I’d deliver a series of engaging phonics/spelling lessons. After an engaging introduction, the children would use their knowledge to practice writing words contain the grapheme or spelling pattern I’d taught.
“Huzzah!” I’d say. They’d got it.
However, ten mins after the session, when my children are tasked with actually applying they knowledge and skills to a persuasive letter or facts for an Invaders and Settlers topic, something bizarre happened. They forget everything they had just learned, stuck to ‘safe’ words they could spell and made the same old spelling mistakes.
In short,they could ‘use’ their knowledge when we’re all discussing it during the input, but ‘applying’ those skills independently, not so much!
I’d be left feeling deflated that the learning seemed to be temporary which meant the children weren’t getting the results I wanted for them.
What I wanted was a resource that enabled your children to actually apply their segmenting and spelling skills to their independent writing.
Knowledge V Ownership
My key goal was for children to develop knowledge and skills about how the English language works, and to be able to apply those skills when writing independently, whatever the subject.
To achieve this, I needed a toolkit that allowed me to concentrate on teaching rather than using my time scrambling around for lesson plans and resources. I didn’t have one! While the internet is full of facts, data ad information, I needed a simple reference guide that contained:
- a quick and easy to use toolkit with engaging, memorable and fun spelling tips in one place
- every way of spelling every sound (every grapheme for every phoneme) at my fingertips
- a bank of age-appropriate, two, three and four sound words plus two and multi syllable words containing each grapheme
- resources that could be used with any age group and alongside any scheme of programme for example, covering all phases of Letter and Sounds
Finally, after what feels like a lifetime of work, I made it myself!
My Spelling Secrets: Teacher’s Toolkit has been written for every teacher who wants all the spelling rules/guidelines in one place with lots of example words of varying length and a full glossary of spelling concepts in line with the new National Curriculum.
If you would rather have all this work done for you that spend your entire summer holiday Googling and sifting through all the data on spelling rules, you can grab your copy here.
I’ve created Spelling Secrets: Teacher’s Toolkit for all the outstanding and talented teachers who just want to save time and teach spelling more effectively. Everything you need to know about spelling in is one place. Various tips and stories to help you embed the spelling rules/guidelines and enhance independent writing.
When I switched to embedding spelling skills by developing a working knowledge of how words are written my children started to become more adventurous with the vocabulary they used in writing. They were happy to attempt new words because of the ‘ownership’ they had of the code.
Children need to have their spelling skills embedded in order to develop their writing with grammar.
When you take an investigational approach to teaching spelling and use practical, engaging activities to embed an understanding of how the English language works, then children have the opportunity to become more consistent spellers, confident writers and apply their skills across the curriculum – not just in phonics/spelling sessions!
Grab your copy of the new edition of Jazzy Spelling Secrets: Teacher’s Toolkit now for the today.