Lesson 21:

Patti teaches spelling by simply correcting children’s spelling errors

When children misspell words in their writing, Patti simply takes out her red pen and corrects each spelling by writing the correct spelling next to the children’s incorrect spelling. Patti tells the children to take notice of the corrections and encourages them to use the correct spellings from now on.

Why this lesson falls short for some children...

The teacher must be mindful that simply correcting or grading children’s work is not the same as teaching.  The teacher did not explain the phonological and spelling rules necessary to understand the correct spellings. Without these explanations, children will likely learn the correct spellings by memorization. For some children, memorizing the spelling of a word is not real knowledge that they can apply to writing other words.

Furthermore, Patti has failed to consider her students’ spelling errors. Children’s misspelled words provide the teacher with valuable insight to children’s thought processes. There are many benefits to considering children’s errors when teaching spelling.

Learn to teach this lesson properly

  • Help children to use letter-sound knowledge/phonics to spell words.
  • Understand the thought processes behind children’s misspelled words and fix their incorrect strategies.

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To learn the specific methods for teaching this lesson correctly, please see Programs and Get the Books.