Super Spellers

  • Title:Super Spellers: Seven Steps to Transforming Your Spelling Instruction
  • Author:Mark Weakland
  • Publication Date:September 2017
  • Grade Level:K-5
  • ISBN:9781625311023
  • Publisher:Stenhouse

Many teachers are frustrated with not only how spelling traditionally is taught, but also with finding time to support young spellers with explicit strategy instruction. So Mark Weakland has developed Super Spellers, an approach to teaching spelling in a way that is research-based, focused, developmentally appropriate, and tied to authentic reading and writing.

Mark does not advocate for adopting a new “spelling program”; instead he shows you how to transform what you’re already doing. He’s made spelling instruction approachable and completely doable

Super Spellers first helps teachers understand what their students need through frequent formative assessments. The book then focuses on the scope of spelling instruction and goes deeper into teaching more words and directly teaching spelling strategies to increase students’ word-solving skills. Once kids are comfortable and competent spellers they become super readers and writers, too.

In addition to step-by-step guidance, each chapter features an “If you only have 10 minutes” segment with suggestions for things you can implement immediately and a list of PD questions. The appendix contains word inventories, a sample scope and sequence, examples of spelling list transformation, and word ladder activities.


Author Bio

Mark Weakland holds a master’s of education degree from the University of Pittsburgh. His teaching certifications include general science, special education, elementary education, and reading. He studied in Japan under the auspices of the Japanese Fulbright Memorial Fund. During his twenty-three years in public education, he was a fourth- and fifth-grade learning support teacher, a reading consultant, and a Title I reading specialist, K-6. His work with struggling learners and students with disabilities has taught him that all children can learn a great deal, and this makes him passionate about best practice literacy instruction.

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