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BeingYourChildsFrontalLobes 23 Jun 2006 - 13:27 CatherineJohnson


This morning I explained to Christopher that, when the bus is late, this is an opportunity to complete another page in your Megawords spelling book.

He wasn't buying it.

But that's the beauty of being your child's frontal lobes.

They don't have to buy it, they just have to do it.



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update 5-23-06: more frontal lobes

sources:
Teenage Brain: a work in progress (NIH)

frontal lobes, executive function, & IQ
hovering is good (MiddleWeb)
being your child's frontal lobes
organization is overrated
executive function, IQ, & hovering, part 1
the discovery of executive function, part 2
executive function self-test
presidents & criminals & the frontal lobes
ISIS initiate sustain inhibit shift

page splatter
page splatter & the frontal lobes

Dear Abby
Susan on dating
Catherine's brain-based dating rule





GreatMomentsInWorldHistory 23 Jun 2006 - 14:01 CatherineJohnson


Christopher and I finally finished Megawords 1 today.

Megawords 1 is the 4th grade book, and I've been saying for months now that my goal in life is to finish the 4th grade book before Christopher gets out of 5th grade.

My new goal is to finish the 5th grade book (Megawords 2, in case you were wondering) before Christopher gets into 6th grade.

I would like to be doing the 6th grade book in the 6th grade.

I don't feel that's asking too much.



Um . . . just so there's no confusion, this post isn't about math.

It's about spelling.



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LiveBloggingTheSpellingBee 07 Jul 2005 - 21:20 CatherineJohnson




Joanne Jacobs says Throwing Things is liveblogging the Spelling Bee.

Spelling is our other big obsession around here.





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HowToSpell 07 Jul 2005 - 21:37 CatherineJohnson


Back from the K-3 school, where I checked out the spelling books on the principal's shelves.

So now I know why I've spent the past year HomeschoolingSpelling.


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HowToSpellPart2 07 Jul 2005 - 21:17 CatherineJohnson


It's worth taking a look at Spelling Inquiry, by the Mapleton Teacher-Research Group (pdf file of the first chapter, Stones in Our Shoes: How We Came to Study Spelling, here).

Who or what is the Mapleton Teacher-Research Group, you ask?

Answer:

Members of the Mapleton Teacher-Research Group teach grades K-5 at Mapleton Elementary School in northern Maine. They have been conducting research on literacy teaching and learning in their own classrooms since 1996. Kelly Chandler is an assistant professor of reading and language arts education at Syracuse University. She attended Mapleton Elementary from 1975-1981.


The jist of the book appears to be that Mapleton students couldn't spell, while students at the four other local schools, all of which used 'traditional' direct instruction, could.

That was a problem.

So the teachers at Mapleton formed a teacher research group to figure out some way to get their kids to spell correctly without giving in to tradition and actually teaching them how:

For years, we avoided discussing spelling much. We didn't know how to talk about spelling instruction in a way that reflected our progressive philosophy of teaching yet still honored students' and parents' more traditional views of what spelling instruction should be.


So they researched and researched, and SPELLING INQUIRY is the result.

Here's the first paragraph of a review:

Readers who open Spelling Inquiry looking for specific recommendations of how to effectively teach spelling will be disappointed—while interested in updating teaching techniques for spelling, the authors do not focus on instructional methods. Instead, they present a very different, and perhaps, ultimately, more useful, approach to instruction. In Spelling Inquiry, they describe whole (and holistic) strategies for creating an environment that is "student-centered and inquiry based," and thus more conducive to effective learning and teaching of spelling.


update

I can't stop myself. I'm Reading The Whole Thing.

But first, I'm searching Chapter 1 for the word 'teach' used in conjunction with the words 'children,' 'students,' 'kids,' 'reading,' 'writing,' or 'spelling,' 'as in 'I teach reading,' or 'I teach spelling.' Anything like that.

Nope, not one. In 20 pages of prose, not one instance of a teacher teaching a student how to spell.

Then there's this:

Since our approach to literacy learning is very different from what most parents experienced when they were in school, we needed to reassure them that basic skills such as spelling were still being addressed.


So are these the most pretentious people on the planet, or what?

Basic skills were still being addressed--do these people work for the U.N.?

And again with the public relations. These gals set out to Research Spelling, they tell us, mainly to keep parents on board for the changes we had made in our practice over the past ten years. [Our practice!]

Oh, and also, as an afterthought, to encourage . . . development of what Richard Gentry (1997) calls 'spelling consciousness': "a habit of caring about expert spelling when spelling is important."(48)

Spelling consciousness?

A habit of caring about expert spelling when spelling is important?

Come on.

This is spelling, people.

Your job is to teach kids how to spell.

That's S . . . P . . . E . . . L . . . L.

Get a grip.



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TheSaxonMathOfSpelling 20 Jul 2005 - 15:35 CatherineJohnson


Boy.

Blogging (or blikki-ing) takes time.

I've got all kinds of great stuff to post on engineering & discovery & creativity, and it's still sitting around in emails & Stickies.

And now it's 7 pm.

A comment from Susan got me going on Megawords, so anyone interested in the research on how children learn to spell should click on MoreSpelling.


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GreatMomentsInWorldHistory
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