This week's guest blogger is back to our first blogger, Michael Williams. Michael teaches 2nd grade in the Central Dauphin School District. He is also the past president of Keystone State Reading Association and Capital Reading Council.
When we were dividing out the goals for people to blog about I didn't realize that I would get one of the goals that is my favorite part of writing...spelling! Now, that goal just doesn't focus on spelling, but rather all the conventions of writing. The goal has strategies for letter spacing, apostrophes, plural words, and homophones. Regardless, I love all that makes up the conventions of writing and I find myself being overly picky with my students about spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
Many of the strategies in this goal teachers have been using forever, but may just be called a different name. For example, "Talk like a Turtle" strategy is the same as stretching out a word to hear the sounds in order to help spell the word. I often encourage my students to "spell the best you can" and then come back to check the word. This is common practice among many teachers (I think) is outlined is the strategy "Spell as Best You Can-on the First Go."
However, I did find some new, exciting strategies to add to my toolbox to assist my students in their revising and editing process. I absolutely love 8.10 "Use Your Resources to Spell." It helps to remind students that they have resources to use and MUST use them when writing. I feel as though I want to tape the anchor chart poster on my students' desks, writers' notebooks, my classroom wall, basically EVERYWHERE! I also was interested by 8.12 "Chin Drops" since multiple syllabic words usually give kids problems. This strategy has the writer count the number of syllables in a word by placing their hand underneath their chin while they say the word normally. I found myself trying this one out and it was pretty cool to use.
Not too many new, earth shattering strategies in this goal, but good reminders and visuals to go along with what we are already using. What are some of your favorite strategies to help your students with the conventions of writing?
Hope everyone has begun summer break! Great time to catch up on the blog! That's what I plan to do!