Getting Started: Assessment. Effective Teaching. Effective teaching cannot begin until you understand what children already know about words and what they are ready to learn. WTW p. 25. Informal Observations. Let’s look at Jake’s Writing Sample. Jake’s Writing.
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Four basic steps:
Pay attention to whether list is too hard/easy
Set aside 20-30 minutes
Have them number the paper (for little ones, set it up ahead)
Be direct in your explanation: SEE PAGE 31
Split into small groups if necessary
Pronounce words naturally
Say each word twice and use in a sentence
Move around the room and monitor:
Establish a Power Score:
Go through Jake’s and mark words right and wrong
Write the correct spelling next to each misspelled word
Put a power score on the test: # correct/ total # of words