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End of the Year – Part One

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Ah, summer sun, popsicles, time at the pool, and school books set aside for the summer. It’s that time again when teachers are preparing to wrap up their lessons in anticipation of the much-needed summer break. How does an SWR teacher know she’s covered enough material? What kind of assessments can she use to measure the student’s progress for the year? Let’s look at ...

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Ten Tips for Lesson Planning with SWR

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The beginning of a new calendar year is typically when we’re assessing how it’s been going and what we can do to improve. Following are TEN TIPS for putting together your SWR the lessons.

Tip #1: Review Phonograms DAILY.
See SWR p. 40 for the TWO ways you want to practice phonograms every day (reading and spelling).

Tip #2: Include some form of writing every day.
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10 Errors I made as an SWR Newbie — Part Two

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10 Errors I made as an SWR Newbie Pt2Today I’ll continue sharing the top ten errors I made as a newbie SWR teacher. You can read Part One here.

6. I didn’t have the kids “say it while you write it.”

The “sight word” approach to teaching reading involves showing the child a card, saying the word, and expecting the child to visually memorize ...

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6 Options for Providing Context During Spelling Dictation

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6 OptionsYou’re teaching a new spelling word, using full spelling dictation. You present the new word, but now you need to provide context for that word so the student knows what it means. He needs help differentiating between this word and another one that sounds like it (e.g. meat vs. meet) or simply understanding context for a new vocabulary word.

Following are ...

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Announcing a New Product for SWR

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WG Worksheets A-M and N-Z

We’re so pleased to announce that we have a new supplemental product available to use with Spell to Write and Read. We’ve developed Enrichment Activity Worksheets that coordinate with The Wise Guide to help busy teachers be more effective in lesson planning. Their students now have the opportunity to work with and experience the spelling words in ...

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