Over the last twenty years, there have been a number of theories about how to teach spelling in the secondary classroom. In the 1980’s, essays were heavily marked with red pen, with every spelling error circled – often quite boldly. In the 1990’s, teachers were asked to put away their red pens to preserve the self-esteem of the writer. Teachers then were left to wonder how to accomplish the task of improving student spelling. Many teachers, as a result, ignored spelling errors, advising students to use dictionaries. The issue with using dictionaries – among others – is that it assumes the user knows at least a bit of how to spell the word. When computers became mainstream, teachers advised students to rely on spell check programs, rationalizing that knowing how to spell was becoming passé. This couldn’t be further from the truth. One way to help with spelling is to place commonly misspelled words around the room so that students are exposed daily to the correct spelling of the terms and can, at least on some level, begin to absorb the words visually.
Included in this lesson are 99 printable placards to post in your classroom to help students learn, remember, and recall how to spell these words!