How to get primary students excited about spelling

Language and literacy specialist Lyn Stone joins Teacher magazine in today's video to discuss ways teachers can get primary school-aged children excited about spelling.

She says that spelling goes beyond the ‘look, say, cover, write, check' formula that has been used in schools in the past.

‘I think if teachers talk about the structure of words, where words come from, how they're linked to one another, what the complex layers of words are, they do a number of things – they do get students excited about it, but they also help to bust myths about the English language.'

Stone discusses a common myth about spelling and shares why she believes that, when armed with enough knowledge, teachers can be very confident and very enthusiastic about teaching spelling in an engaging way.


Lyn Stone will be presenting a Spelling for Life workshop on 12 May 2017 and a Language for Life workshop on 2 June 2017. Click on the links for more details.

Her books Spelling for Life and Language for Life are available for purchase instore at the ACER bookshop in Melbourne.

What strategies do you use to get students excited about spelling? What impact has it had on their learning?

Lyn Stone suggests talking about the structure of words and where they come from. Is this something you do in your own classroom? Has it been effective with your students?