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 […]
Multiple-choice tests that present several versions of the same word, only one of which is spelled correctly, sow confusion and reinforce misspellings.
Some frequently misspelled words will be flagged by any spell checker because they have no corresponding homonyms. For example, there’s no excuse for misspelling a word like “definite” or “separate.”
Sometimes, however, an unfamiliar pronunciation can obscure meaning.
No child should be asked to use the tools of a written language until his teacher has taught them to him.
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?