148. I would like to explore the concept of better spelling. I agree about the problem with the English language. Our own kids cannot spell even in high school. How can we change this? I am constantly looking for ways to help my students improve in this area.

So long as we listen to, speak, read and write ENGLISH as it is spelled NOW, we will have spelling problems.  Now, here is a suggestion: Keep your English words organized into three basic categories --each category on a different side wall in your classroom:

SIDE WALL #1: Organize English words by MEANING categories so that, in looking up a word to spell, the student can look at the category and find the word s(he) needs to spell. For example, Category: vegetables, word: onion (within this category)

SIDE WALL #2: Organize English words by WORD FAMILIES, that is, words with similar spelling patterns representing the same combination of sounds. For example, Category: bear, pear, wear; Category: ear, hear, beard, dear, near, rear; Category: beer, steer, peer; etc.

SIDE WALL#3: Organize English words by homonyms and homophones, where the meaning determines the pronunciation of a word. Examples: tear / tear; or fair / fare / ; or read / read - red, etc.

You do not need to literally put the words on the walls, however, English words MUST be organized for students to learn them in some fashion. And, of course, "phonics rules" is the LEAST effective way. The more students see PATTERNS, similarities, associations, the better they will remember words.



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