SWR Spelling Rules – Part Two

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Did you miss Part 1 in the SWR Spelling Rules series? Read it now.

Let’s continue by discussing the learning process for the SWR Spelling Rules. Some teachers make the mistake of handing the student the list of the rules, having him memorize them, and then calling the learning process “done.” This is not how true learning takes place, and it certainly won’t translate ...

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SWR Spelling Rules – Part One

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We’ve probably all heard the rule: “When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking.” Unfortunately, this rule only works 27% of the time when you hold it up to the English language as a whole. Where did a rule like this come from if it’s so incompetent?

A typical approach to teaching “phonics” is to take a small pool of “beginner” words, ...

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Making the Connection Between Spelling and Reading

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We are commonly asked, “Why is Spell to Write and Read called a reading program if we’re just teaching spelling?”

It’s important that you help your student see the direct connection between spelling and reading. These are the two ways we interact with our written language. Reading involves pulling the language out of the written code while spelling involves putting our language into the ...

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Spelling Dictation Faux Pas – Part Three

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Today’s post finishes our Spelling Dictation Faux Pas series.

Read Part One and Part Two here.

Let’s examine the last of the common teaching dictation errors that can slip into our presentation of new spelling words. To follow along, see your SWR book p. 75.

Faux Pas #11: Doing all the mental thinking for the student.

Engage him fully: have him identify syllable breaks, drive the ...

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Spelling Dictation Faux Pas – Part Two

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Did you miss Part 1 in the Spelling Dictation Faux Pas series? Read it now.

Let’s continue discussing the common teaching dictation errors that can slip into our presentation of new spelling words. To follow along, see your SWR book p. 75.

Faux Pas #7: Dragging out the dictation. Keep it crisp.

Do you talk a lot during dictation? Does your student ask questions in the ...

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Spelling Dictation Faux Pas – Part One

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The dictation process for teaching new spelling words is a critical part of the SWR method.

New spelling words are best put into the brain in the same manner they will be retrieved: drawing words from our brain to the paper. Most programs teach new spelling the opposite way: from paper (or tiles, magnets, etc.) to our brain. In SWR, however, the teacher guides the ...

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Setting Goals with SWR

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January is a great time to assess where you are in your teaching and to chart a course to finish the school year well. In a five-part video series, I will walk you through the process of setting goals that relate to teaching with Spell to Write and Read. Please get out some paper, and join me for these sessions.

Here is the first ...

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