Personalized spelling lists have really helped me to improve my students’ spelling. I wanted a system which picks up and corrects student errors and prompts them to use (and remember) the correct spelling in the future. I developed this system which is personal to each student.
In each of my students’ exercise books I stuck a sheet of card which flips outwards. This can be folded back over so the books can be stored away neatly. Whenever a student spells a word incorrectly in their writing, I write the correctly spelt word on the flip out card. If a student asks me to spell a word for them, I write it onto the card. I do not let the students write on the card, only myself or my teaching assistant. The great thing is that the student is able to write in their book whilst the card is flipped out, so they are able to refer to the words in any future writing. As they skim down their list, they are also reading and re-reading any words they have spelt wrong in the past. This further reinforces the correct spelling.
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My students’ spelling has really improved since using these personalized spelling lists. They are simple and easy to make and I have had great results using them!