How to Study for a Spelling Test

    Browsing the web, I have come across some really bad advice for teaching spelling. This bad advice recommends that children approach words as strings of letters to be memorized. “Have him say the word while looking at it. Tell him to close his eyes, try to see the word, and then spell the […]

How to Give a Spelling Test

Multiple-choice tests that present several versions of the same word, only one of which is spelled correctly, sow confusion and reinforce misspellings.

“Invented Spelling”

No child should be asked to use the tools of a written language until his teacher has taught them to him.

Just a Spelling Error

How is it that when it comes to preparing your taxes or writing computer code, “close enough” is not good enough, but when it comes to literacy, “almost” is OK?