Does Spelling Matter?

April 13, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

The latest blog from The Learning Exchange is titled Does Spelling Matter? written by Canadian Doreen Scott-Dunne, in which she addresses 3 myths (I have edited the myth titles to make ‘em shorter) :

  • In fact, spelling doesn’t matter
  • There is no logic to the English language; and spelling is a nightmare
  • Spelling is a rote memorization process

She writes: “As teachers we want to develop writers who can spell and understand language. We want students to make informed predictions – not random guesses when they spell words because they know there are a number of alternatives, not infinite possibilities. Above all, we want students to focus on having something to say when they write and cognitive patterns to draw on when they check their spelling.”

Check it out! Note that we have the 2013 book by Scott-Dunne titled When spelling matters: Developing writers who can spell and understand language

Rowan

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