October 29, 2018


When I was growing up, there was no word study in schools. We had phonics, and then spelling, and then word of the day. My classmates and I were keenly aware of who who got the colorful stickers, and who didn’t. New words appeared on the chalkboard and in our lives as lists to be memorized—and forgotten. They were a part of school, but never a meaningful part of us. There was no curiosity about w...

February 1, 2017

For most of my life (as a student and as a teacher), word study assessments were a weekly spelling test. As a student, I numbered down the left margin, sometimes skipping lines. I was confident I would spell the words correctly because I knew every word that would be assessed and I practiced those exact words the night before. As a starting teacher, I felt so grown-up and professional carrying my...

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