Bob teaches spelling using linguistic terminology
Bob teaches spelling by giving his class lists of spelling words and having the children analyze the lists according to linguistic criteria. For example, Bob states to his class the following:
“Please sort your spelling words by the short Ii sound in the initial or medial position of the word.”
“Does this word have an irregular spelling?”
“The long Ee sound in the final position of a multisyllabic word is written with a Yy, as in the word happy.”
Why this lesson falls short for some children...
The teacher is requiring the children to learn the concept at hand (spelling rules) through difficult vocabulary that is a subject in itself.
Also, such technical language fails to accommodate the oral language abilities of young children. Rather than enhancing instruction, such technicalities may bore children and cause them to stop paying attention.
Learn to teach this lesson properly
- Use instructional language appropriately to accomodate the oral language abilities of young children.
- Use the proper techniques for teaching vocabulary and technical language to young children.
- Use the proper techniques for teaching spelling to young children.