The Teacher's Tool Kit For Literacy

Talking to Parents About Spelling with Diane Snowball

Episode Summary

This insightful conversation with literacy experts Diane Snowball and Sharon Callen supports both teachers and parents in their efforts to facilitate children's spelling development.

Episode Notes

In this podcast, expert literacy educator Diane Snowball sits down with fellow experienced teacher/ consultant Sharon Callen to discuss the most frequently asked questions parents have about the teaching of spelling. This insightful conversation aims to provide educators with support as they navigate their parent community.

One common concern raised by parents is the stress they experience when their children's spelling homework consists of memorising lists of words, similar to the way it was taught in their own school days. Diane emphasises that spelling should not be solely focused on rote memorisation. Instead, the crux of the matter lies in understanding the purpose of spelling, which is to enable others to read our writing. Children need ample opportunities to write for their classmates and receive feedback, allowing teachers to observe and analyze their writing.

The podcast explores what makes a good speller and discusses strategies used by proficient spellers. Practical tips, tools, strategies, and techniques are discussed for supporting children in spelling, such as focusing on sounds, spelling patterns, breaking down words, and celebrating attempts etc.

Further insights by the duo include:

By addressing common questions and concerns about spelling instruction, the episode aims to support both teachers and parents in their efforts to facilitate children's spelling development.

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