Teaching and Assessing Spelling

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… Read more

How do you spell …

Do you check your spelling online? If you do, you’re not alone. Last week, Google Trends released a list, by province and territory, of the most frequent ‘how to spell’ Google searches by Canadians. They range from ‘altar’ to ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’. For more details, read Google reveals top ‘how to spell’ searches by Canadian province. (And,… Read more

Spelling Personality

In honour of the Scripps National Spelling Bee which is happening this week, here’s a quiz from Grammarly to help you discover your spelling personality. For resources to help improve spelling, email library@decoda.ca.

Commonly Misunderstood Words

Sometimes words don’t mean what you think they mean.  The following infographic shows 12 commonly misunderstood words with their meanings. Any surprises? Spelling can be tricky, too.  Here’s a Check Your Spelling test from Oxford Dictionaries.  Hint: There’s a list of common misspellings on the same page to consult for help. To learn more about… Read more