Spelling & Writing

Spelling and word study are an integral part of the total writing program.
Smart Words acknowledges that:

  • Spelling skills should be taught and practiced separately to expressive writing.
  • To be a competent writer one must know how to spell.
  • Students do not learn to spell competently simply by writing.
  • The program separates spelling from text writing, where the emphasis is on communicating ideas.
  • Correct spelling helps us gain meaning from a written text.
  • Smart Words emphasizes that the value of feedback is constructive and it should provide information for the student to accurately spell similar words in the future.
  • The program accepts all spellings as indicators of the student’s knowledge and strategy base.
  • Incorrect spelling attempts form the basis for further teaching sessions.
  • The process of understanding the spelling of words may take time before the information moves from short term memory to long term memory.
  • The brain works more efficiently with one cognitive task at a time.
  • The writing process is cognitively loaded with many demands on the writer at the same time.
  • Accuracy in spelling in writing will be evident when the spelling of a word is automatically retrieved from long-term memory.
  • Dictation is important in the process of learning how to spell a word to spelling it correctly within a sentence.
  • Writing is a layered process and each skill must be taught, applied, and consolidated for students to become proficient writers.