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Unlocking the Mysteries of English Spelling; A Live, 8-Week Class

If learning rules with tons of exceptions and rote memorization of words isn't working, it's time to try a new approach. This class will transform learners' understanding of words and how spelling works while also improving vocabulary.
Andrea Dalland, M.Ed, MLS
57 total reviews for this teacher
New class
year olds
learners per class

Charged upfront
Meets 1x per week
Over 8 weeks
45 minutes per class

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Class Experience

At the end of this class, students will be able to:
-break words apart into prefixes, bases, and suffixes
-understand how to identify the graphemes, morphemes, and phonemes that create a word
-understand that words that are connected in meaning will also be connected in spelling
-understand how adding a suffix can change the spelling of a base word, for example by dropping a silent -e or doubling a final consonant
-use provided flow charts and matrices to make decisions about spelling when adding a suffix to a base word
-approach spelling problems by "thinking like a scientist," making a hypothesis about a word, testing their hypothesis, and seeing the results  
I have had extensive professional development in the ideas presented in this class, and have seven years of experience teaching this content in a classroom setting. 
We will plan to complete practice work together during the class time, however there may be some weeks when we run out of time to finish the work together, and students may need to finish some of the work on their own. It should take students no longer than 10-15 minutes to complete. 
Students will need paper or a notebook for taking notes, practicing some of the skills and spellings we learn in the class, and for doing some of the assignments. It's very helpful to have a printer to print some of the assignments and flow charts.
45 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Parents, be aware that this class could turn your child into a logophile (not sure what this word means? Check a dictionary, think about the parts that make up this word and see if you can think of words that are related in meaning and spelling. Now you're on your way to becoming a logophile yourself!) and will make them notice and ask questions about words and the spellings of words all day. You have been warned! 
The content of this class is based off the work of Peter Bowers, and some of the resources used were created by him and used with his permission. More about his work with the WordWorks Literacy Centre can be found at:


Andrea Dalland, M.Ed, MLS
Lives in the United Kingdom
Elementary Classroom Teacher with 20 years experience
57 total reviews
91 completed classes

About Me

I love being a teacher and have wanted to be one for as long as I can remember! I now have 20 years of experience teaching elementary school and I hold two Master's degrees; one in Literacy, Curriculum and Instruction, and one in Library Science.... 
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