My students are amazing! Honestly, they are incredible! They love learning, work hard, are creative, enjoy writing, are respectful....I could go on and on. Unfortunately, they are hesitant risk-takers especially with spelling during writing. I always work toward teaching my kiddos to know and use their resources, but I still hear, "How do you spell...?"
I decided that it was time to create an anchor chart for spelling expectations. We came together as a class and reviewed different spelling resources in our classroom. This is what my students came up with...
After creating and reviewing this chart, I provided students with a journal prompt and they were off. Within minutes a couple of hands popped up..."How do you...?" They stopped themselves and went to the chart. More and more kiddos began getting out their writing folders and using our file folder word walls (by the incredible Erica Bohrer).
What do you do to encourage spelling independence?