One of the things that I always worry about is spelling.I remember when I was in Teacher’s College, how “irritated” I would be whenever I spotted spelling mistakes in my classmates assignments! They always joked about it; they thought it was cute that I was so concerned about their writing and spelling mistakes 🙂 . However, I felt that as future teachers it was our obligation to write well and set a good example for our students to follow.
It might have been a reason for playful joking between me and my friends, but I truly believe that it is important for us teachers to read frequently and write correctly.
Now that I live in Canada, I take this even more seriously. I am not a native English speaker, so it can be very easy for me to make mistakes; not only with syntax but also with spelling. I try really hard to write well and always take advantage of technological tools like the “spell check”. Perfect??? No, I am not a perfect writer. However, I do try really hard and hope that with time I will become an accomplished writer (blogging helps a lot 😉 ).
It is very important to me that I’m able to project a reliable image of a capable and efficient teacher. Spelling mistakes do NOT support this image 🙂 .
What is your opinion on this matter?
Anyway, being a mom first and foremost, I always stress the need to practice spelling. Fortunately the Canadian school curriculum enforces spelling practice; and my children usually have to practice their spelling as part of their homework (specially in younger grades).
Although useful, I find that sometimes children tend to get really bored with their spelling practice. Let’s face it, writing a list of words three times every day might help them write better, but it can also be extremely monotonous!
After a few weeks of using this method to practice her spelling, my youngest daughter (in grade 3) asked me if I could “invent” some fun worksheets for her spelling. Well, since I love to oblige my children in these matters, I dedicated myself to the art of “spelling fun”! 😀
I came up with several alternatives that have made spelling homework a more enjoyable task for my daughter. She loves it and is very proud of excelling in her spelling tests.
Of course, the teacher in me had to develop these new “tools” into a bigger and more sophisticated product! And thus was born my new series of teaching resources titled “Pixie Spelling”.
I started by designing worksheets with different activities for the weekly word lists my daughter brought home. However, I soon realized that I couldn’t really share them because the spelling lists differ greatly from school board to school board, country to country and sometimes even from school to school. After letting the idea rest in my brain for a few weeks, I finally came up with a solution. I decided that the best way to make this resource usable for any teacher is to use well known high frequency word lists.
I decided to start with Fry’s word lists. These are divided in groups of one hundred words that are subsequently divided in groups of twenty-five. You can find more information on Fry’s high frequency word lists here and here.
My first set of “Pixie Spelling” teaching resources is based on Fry’s 1st hundred high frequency word list. This set includes both FREE and paid products that you can find at either one of the teacher websites I belong too.
WOW, that was quite a long post 😀 ! Stay tuned for more updates on this series. (I’m already working on the next bundle for the 2nd hundred word list.)
I hope you have enjoyed it. Please leave some feedback. I’d love to hear your thoughts on my “fixation” with spelling and on my teaching resources!