Teaching and Assessing Spelling
Date posted: May 21, 2019
A new Literacy Leadership Brief from the International Literacy Association examines Teaching and Assessing Spelling. It underlines the importance of spelling for reading and writing, and describes the many different kinds of knowledge needed for spelling in English. It also looks at diagnostic analysis of spelling errors to provide a picture of students’ strengths and weaknesses and a clear direction for instruction.
Many of us correct spelling, even those not involved with teaching children. We express disapproval at the spelling errors of others while we remain blissfully blind to our own fossilized spelling errors. However, the capacity to spot and correct spelling errors is insufficient to anyone interested in teaching students to spell, because correcting spelling is not teaching spelling—it is copy editing.