Thursday, 24 March 2016

ALEA Tas South: A strategic Approach To Spelling

Contact: Margaret Luckman, ALEA Tas South

Date: Saturday 2 April          RSVP: Thursday 24 March
Location: Hobart

Intended Audience: Teachers

A strategic approach to spelling' presented by Christine Topfer
on Saturday 2 April at the Moonah,  Arts Centre, 9 am-12 pm.

A strategy is a mental plan of action that enables an individual to approach a particular task in a systematic way, Westwood 2008. To teach spelling effectively we need to teach students a repertoire of strategies to use when spelling. It is through strategic thinking that effective spellers accurately spell words when writing and during NAPLAN assessments. How strategic are the spellers in your classroom?
In this workshop we will explore:
  • What students need to learn about spelling and how this is linked to phonics and vocabulary
  • How to link spelling to the students' current understanding of how words work
  • High yield learning activities (that can be adapted for use with texts already being used in your classroom) which encourage students at all year levels to notice words and think about how words work eg:
  • Word observation
  • Build and extend
  • Alphaboxes
  • Morphemic word families
  • Sort and predict
  • Word investigation
  • Concept attainment
  • Word study reflection