Milinda J. Reed, Esq. (Lansingburg, NY), was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2000 after obtaining her law degree with a concentration in family and elder law. Since admission to the bar, Ms. Reed has focused her practice on family and matrimonial proceedings. She has represented clients in every aspect of family litigation, including custody, support, and divorce. She has also served as a Law Guardian representing children in these same types of proceedings. Ms. Reed has written several articles on issues related to family law and has done extensive grant writing for a not-for-profit provider of domestic violence and legal services.
Peter Westwood provides a very clear and concise account of the important skills and processes that underpin accurate spelling, and describes in very practical terms, many evidence-based strategies and methods that teachers can use to help all students become confident, capable and independent spellers. The book also addresses the purposes of various forms of assessment of spelling skills, to guide teaching and planning.
Chapters in this accessible and timely text include:
the importance of correct spelling
visual, auditory and cognitive components of spelling ability
general principles for planning instruction
proven teaching strategies and methods
word study as a teaching approach
formal and informal assessment
At the end of each chapter the author provides a list of online and print resources, thus enabling readers to extend their knowledge in the various topics. The extensive reference list is also an invaluable source of information on recent research and thinking on the topic of spelling instruction.
Teaching Spelling: Exploring commonsense strategies and best practicesis an essential resource for all those in teacher education and taking in-service courses.