Find out why Johnny can’t spell...
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Watch Don McCabe get a dyslexic in his first lesson to
instantly spell the word “scattered” correctly without ever
seeing it or studying it. He couldn’t spell the word at the
of the lesson.
- Too many administrators and researchers consider
themselves, “The world’s worst speller.” They don’t realize
how bad some spellers are.
And they think spellcheckers will take care of all their
problems. So spelling is on the
bottom of their list of
priorities. Would you believe I have a collection of 25
different misspellings of the four letter word
follows bull. And that's no bull. See:
Misspellings of a scatological word
- Spelling is caught, not taught in our schools. Good
spellers already know all but one or two of the words given
to the class to study. Poor spellers try to memorize them
all for the test on Friday but forget them by Monday. Their
spelling never seems to improve much.
- Students are never taught how to translate their
speech into proper spelling patterns. 32 African American
students in a Black History class wrote with varying
misspellings “The plantation owners should have whip thay slaves for
any reason.” (sic) See pages 110-112 in To Teach a
Dyslexic. Would you believe they really meant
have . Had they
meant "should have" they would've spelled it as "should
of!" Linguists use the terms sandhi and
synaloepha to describe this phenomenon. 98% of all
university reading instructors haven't heard of these terms!
It's no wonder teachers haven't been informed of this
problem and how to deal with it.
Our U.S. Department of Education has failed to fund
any adequate study of spelling since
No adequate baseline. See AVKO’s
challenge to researchers.
Sequential Spelling technique and how to use it is
Spelling is the
cheapest spelling program ever devised for
Students have nothing to study and teachers have nothing to
correct. Hence only one book per classroom is needed. And
it works because immediate student self-correction has been
proven by research to be the only truly effective method of
teaching spelling. The other secret ingredient is the
Don McCabe is the
Research Director of the AVKO Educational
Research Foundation, author of over 20 books
in the area of teaching spelling, reading, and handwriting,
including The Patterns of English Spelling,
the only source book ever written in which a
teacher, writer, or researcher can find all the words in
English (American or British) that share the same phonic
patterns such as the ci = /sh/ as in social, crucial, and
Review: ”[To Teach a Dyslexic] is more than an
autobiography of a distinguished educator. It’s a blueprint
long overdue that school systems can use to teach reading
and writing.” – Carl Smith, Ph.D., Director Family Literacy
Center, Indiana University.
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