17 Ways to Teach Students Spell Words Correctly in any Context

Are you looking for ways to teach students to spell words correctly in any context? If so, keep reading.

1. Make the learner proofread all their written work for spelling errors. Praise them for correcting each spelling error.

2. Get the learner to write current spelling words in various places (e.g., smartboard, transparencies, on a posted list at their desk, etc.) throughout the classroom as they are learning them.

3. Compose sentences, paragraphs, etc., for the learner to read that repeat the learner’s spelling words throughout the written content.

4. Make sure that the learner’s spelling words are those that they see on a routine (schedule) basis, rather than infrequently, to enable correct spelling and use of the words.

5. Minimize the emphasis on competition. Competitive learning activities may cause the learner to hurry and make spelling mistakes.

6. Give the learner self-checking learning resources. Require the learner to make corrections before submitting work.

7. Get the learner to keep a folder of all their spelling words. Make the learner refer to the list when they are engaged in writing learning activities to check spelling.

8. Make sure the learner has had sufficient practice using the spelling words (e.g., drills, sentence learning activities, etc.).

9. Acknowledge quality work (e.g., display the learner’s work, congratulate the learner, etc.).

10. Give chances for the learner to use apps to write stories. They should check the spelling of words with the computer’s spell-check.

11. Make the learner use the dictionary to find the correct spelling of any words they cannot spell correctly. Emphasize spelling accurately.

12. Minimize distracting stimuli in the classroom when the learner is working on spelling and related learning activities (e.g., place the learner in a carrel or “office” space).

13. Get the learner to write a sentence daily for each spelling word.

14. Teach the learner to usespelling words rather than merely memorizing the spelling of the words for testing purposes (e.g., have the learner use the words in writing learning activities each day).

15. Praise the learner for spelling words correctly in all contexts: (a) give the learner a concrete reward (e.g., privileges such as leading the line, handing out learning materials, 10 minutes of free time, etc.) or (b) give the learner an informal reward (e.g., praise, handshake, smile, etc.).

16. Try several learning activities to help strengthen and reinforce visual memory of the spelling words (e.g., flash cards, word lists on the smartboard, a list on the learner’s desk, etc.).

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

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