Teaching Spelling – Spelling conferences




Teaching students to integrate their understanding of the four spelling knowledges and a range of effective strategies as they put pencil to paper can make impressive improvement in students’ spelling accuracy. A repertoire of effective spelling strategies linked to the spelling knowledges are outlined with suggestions for classroom implementation through short conferences with a small group of students. The references in the course come from the Australian Curriculum and the NSW English syllabus K-6.

This course is the second in the series Teaching spelling. All courses stand alone and can be completed separately.

Principles of Spelling Instruction

Spelling Conferences

The Target Audience

This course has been designed for primary teachers of students from kindergarten to year six.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify four spelling knowledges and effective spelling strategies
  • Understand how to annotate a sentence to use in a conference
  • Examine how to plan for regular spelling conferences in the classroom


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