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.
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.
1.5.2 Proficient Level - Know students and how they learn - Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities: Develop teaching activities that incorporate differentiated strategies to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities.
2.5.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Literacy and numeracy strategies: Apply knowledge and understanding of effective teaching strategies to support students’ literacy and numeracy achievement.