How to Make SPELLING Easier for Your Students!

Presented by: Shirley Houston

Event Information: 6 PD Hours

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Students can often read better than they can spell. Reading requires our memory to merely recognize words while spelling requires our memory to reproduce words. Phonemic awareness, knowledge of grapheme-phoneme correspondences and the ‘rules’ that apply to these, phonological, visual, morphemic and etymological knowledge - all contribute to spelling proficiency and the ability to teach spelling.
Research shows that providing an explicit, systematic, multisensory, cumulative program of instruction that follows a defined sequence is the most effective way in which to develop the ‘essentials’ for accurate spelling. Whether you want to make the spelling program used in your classroom work better or implement/design a new program, this course will provide you with essential information that will make Spelling easier for you and your students.
Proposed course overview:
• The spelling process and the developmental stages of spelling - analysing what you are seeing
• Phonological and Phonemic awareness – yours and theirs
• Synthetic phonics – segmenting words and mapping letters to sounds
• Knowing the rules
• Word study – adding meaning
• Catering for a variety of spelling abilities
• Multisensory activities and games with a specific skill focus



Event Details:

  March 20th, 2017
  9.30am - 3.30pm (Reg. from 8.30am)
  Perth (Venue TBA)
  For Primary and Secondary Teachers  ( K to Yr 8 )
  $279 (+GST)

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About the Presenter

Shirley Houston is an educational consultant with over 30 years of teaching experience. She earned her Masters degree in Special Education in 1983 and the Royal Society of Arts Certificate for Teachers of Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties.
Shirley has established a reputation as a caring, dynamic and innovative educator whose programs reflect both current research and a deep understanding of the needs of her students. She has taught students in years K-12 at government, Catholic and Independent schools, in Australia and in America. She has lectured at several universities in Western Australia and at the Central Institute of Technology.  Shirley has long had a passion for work with children and adults who have dyslexia. She is a long-standing Board member of The Dyslexia-SPELD Foundation of Western Australia and runs a variety of programs for dyslexic students.