Improving daily spelling and NAPLAN results

Shirley Houston
Promoting a sound start to learning
Want to help your students improve their daily spelling and perform optimally in the Language Conventions section of NAPLAN? Packed with strategies & resources for tea...
Target Audience
This course is designed for any teacher, primary or secondary, who wants to develop the skills and understandings needed to improve the spelling performance of a student
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Learning Areas

General Description

Many teachers (primary and secondary) received little instruction in the teaching of spelling in their teacher training. Some received minimum spelling instruction in their own primary and secondary education. Consequently, they are not best equipped to teach students the skills they need to improve their spelling in daily writing or to perform optimally in the Language Conventions section of NAPLAN.

This course equips teachers with the understanding they need to have of the spelling process and the components of spelling. It provides strategies for identifying spelling needs and responding to these. That response includes the teaching of phonological awareness, letter-sound correspondences and the rules that govern them, word study (incorporating grammar, semantic knowledge, morphology, etymology). It also includes the teaching of memory and proofreading skills. One of the greatest challenges for teachers is differentiating instruction to cater for a wide range of needs.

One of the greatest challenges for teachers is differentiating instruction to cater for a wide range of needs. The course suggests ways of differentiating content, process and product, with specific activities and programs described in detail.

This is a very practical course, with teachers asked to undertake a range of activities that give them practice in using important instructional skills.

Audience

This course is designed for any teacher, primary or secondary, who wants to develop the skills and understandings needed to improve the spelling performance of a student

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

24/7 course access


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Teaching Standards
1.2.2 Proficient Level – Understand how students learn
1.5.2 Proficient Level – Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities
2.1.2 Proficient Level – Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
3.1.2 Proficient Level – Establish challenging learning goals
3.4.2 Proficient Level – Select and use resources

Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you

Completing Improving daily spelling and NAPLAN results before 31 July 2021 under NESA’s interim arrangements will contribute 6 hours and 0 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and assessment of NSW curriculum addressing standard descriptors 1.2.2, 1.5.2, 2.1.2, 3.1.2, 3.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


This course contributes to 6.0 professional development hours.

Occurrences

  Start Date Location Availability Price    
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Sessions

Spelling skills are important

15 minutes

Explains the importance of spelling accuracy and gives participants opportunity to Identify existing knowledge of various aspects of spelling.

What the spelling of English words involves

1 hour

Participants will learn about the English spelling system, its components, the spelling process and the developmental stages of spelling. They will also learn about the students most likely to struggle with spelling.

The assessment of spelling skills

1 hour

Participants will learn about ways of assessing spelling, informal and formal (including use of NAPLAN). They will also learn how to analyse spelling errors.

Developing phonological and phonemic awareness

40 minutes

Participants will learn about the importance of phonological awareness skills, in particular phonemic awareness, in spelling. They will learn strategies for developing this awareness and applying it to spelling in order to increase accuracy.

Teaching letter-sound correspondences and the rules that govern them

1 hour

Participants will learn about the features of systematic synthetic phonics instruction and components they can use in their spelling instruction such as sound charts and multisensory practice. They will learn about the rules of spelling and the role of these in proofreading.

Teaching students how to study words

45 minutes

Participants will learn about the components of word study. They will look at a number of word study programs and activities they can incorporate in their spelling program.

Differentiating content, process and product

1 hour

Participants will learn how they can differentiate spelling instruction by individualising spelling lists, providing visual, auditory or kinesthetic activities as appropriate to reinforce learning, and making use of ICT resources. They will also learn about ways of catering for struggling spellers and advanced spellers

Reflection and action

20 minutes

Participants will read and reflect on questions posed about possible changes to their spelling program and identify the way in which they will integrate changes that will best meet the needs of their students.

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About the team


Shirley Houston

Creator

Shirley has a Masters degree in Special Education and has been teaching in the area of Special Needs for 30 years. She has taught in government and independent schools, primary and secondary, universities and TAFE. Shirley has also taught in several states of Australia and in the U.S. Her particular interests are specific learning difficulties, early childhood, education of young gifted children and literacy. She loves travel, reading and music.