16 Strategies to Help Students Who Spell Words Correctly or Incorrectly, Depending on the Context

Are you looking for strategies to help students who spell words correctly or incorrectly, depending on the context? If so, keep reading.

1. Select a peer to take part in daily spelling word drills with the learner.

2. Make the learner write their spelling words regularly over a period, to enable the learner’s visual memory of the spelling words.

3. Get the learner to find a list of words (e.g., 5, 10, or 15) each week from an area of interest to learn to spell. If the learner is interested in cars, they can find words from automotive magazines, advertisements, etc.

4. Do not require the learner to learn too many spelling words at one time.

5. Praise the learner for practicing the writing of the spelling words within sentences and paragraphs.

6. Teach the learner why they are learning each spelling word (e.g., give the learner a concrete example of how each word can be used in their life).

7. Provide tests and exams when the learner is certain to succeed (e.g., after they have had sufficient time to learn the information).

8. Get the learner to keep a dictionary of most commonly misspelled words. Make the learner check the spelling of all terms they are not certain are spelled correctly.

9. Make the learner proofread their written work, circling any words that they think are misspelled. The learner then checks with the teacher or the dictionary to correct those misspellings.

10. Provide the learner fewer words to learn to spell at one time. Spend extra time on each term until the learner can spell it correctly.

11. Make sure the learner has sufficient time to finish written tasks.

12. Get the learner to use current spelling words in a critical manner (e.g., writing a letter to a friend, rock star, famous athlete, etc.) to enable their desire to improve.

13. Give chances for the learner to read often, so they see in print those words they need to learn to spell.

14. Integrate spelling with the total language arts program (e.g., learning activities , methods, and learning materials are related to the teaching of reading and language as a whole rather than separately).

15. Post a list of the learner’s current spelling words on their desk. Make the learner practice them regularly.

16. Consider using one of the tools from of spelling apps list.

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