Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Some Days my Head Spins...{Slice of Life}

Some days my head spins just thinking about spelling rules and spelling rule breakers.  Today was one of those days.  My class is working with suffixes this week and while looking at ed endings we discovered sometimes adding ed doesn't work.  For example,  ate and ran.  There's excitement when rule breakers are discovered.  As we discuss each rule breaker I can see clarity in their thinking and learning transferred.  Spelling rules seem to make sense for a bit.

Later in the day, I'm working with a reteaching group and our focus is to understand three ways to make the  k sound when we will use each one.  Over a few days we've made progress in knowing when to use a c or k at the beginning of a word.  In helping my reteaching group see it in new ways from the initial learning, I realize how hard it is to for striving word learners to see how the second letter in each word determines the first.  We use a k if the vowel is an e, i, or y.  Which leaves using the c if the vowel is an a, o, or u.  In thinking about when to use ck, students need to realize the word has a short vowel sound and ends with a ck.  Spelling rules are making writing laborious.    

Some days my head spins just thinking about spelling rules and spelling rule breakers.  Every day my head doesn't spin during writing workshop when we are making things and spelling is part of the process; not the focus.

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  1. They are trying to balance so many things as young writers. I think we need to expect one thing will drop when another thing rises. Over time it comes into balance. I do think there needs to be some units that simply allow kids to focus on spelling and conventions during the drafting phase. We can't always leave this stuff to editing. Now my head is spinning!!!

    1. Interesting thought...it can't be left to editing. We can't possibly edit every piece of writing they produce. Hmm...