Saturday, January 4, 2014
As I was going through my photos for yesterday's 5 For Friday Post, I found this picture of spelling tests I had taken right before the break, and I remembered that I had wanted to share something that has really increased my student's performance on their weekly spelling tests.
I use Words Their Way, and we work with the patterns and rules, but for some reason, a large majority of my students were still failing the tests each week. When a large majority are having a difficult time, I know I have to change something about my instruction.
I asked one of our special ed teachers if she had any suggestions since I have a few of her kiddos. She suggested shortening the list and using boxes for the tests. Well, I decided to try it for ALL of my kids. We now spend three weeks going over a pattern with a test over one row plus two words from a previous test that are a surprise to the students (to ensure that they don't just learn it for the test, but keep it in their memory. I also print out spelling boxes for the test using this worksheet generator from Soft School. The only issue I have is that I have to remember to cut of the top before I photocopy because the words are printed at the top. I left a list like that for a sub once - oops!
Once I started doing this, the test scores became all A's and B's - and my students are actually transferring the spelling skills into their writing!
What do you use for your spelling program? Any other tips or advice?
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