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Name: Lindsey Faucher Section: A Raising Writers – Study Guide CHAPTER 4 “Understanding Young Spellers” 1. Some educational theorists have suggested that children’s errors are a good thing. A) As a teacher, why would you want children to invent their spellings instead of spelling everything conventionally? B) How would this be beneficial to you as the teacher? A. As a teacher, you would want children to invent their spellings because in that way they are attempting to use writing as a way to represent sounds. Inventing spellings is actually a step on the path of a child’s learning. By using invented spelling, students are demonstrating they understand what spelling is and how it is used. Research has shown that eventually student’s invented spellings evolve over time towards more complete spelling and that when children finally have to switch over to conventional spelling that they do not find it difficult. B. As a teacher, this would be beneficial to me because I would know that my students are using their best efforts to try to spell and create words. I would be able to tell that they understand the meaning of spelling and that they are well on their way to becoming excellent conventional spellers. With time and practice, they will develop these early skills of invented spelling and turn them into higher knowledge and use them for the rest of their lives. 2. Should you go back and correct children’s invented spellings after they write? Explain. No, you should not go back and correct children’s invented spellings after they write. Even though it is very tempting for adults and teachers to correct and/or spell the words for the children, this can actually slow the child’s development. By allowing someone else to tell them what letters they should be using, they are not able to make phonic
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This note was uploaded on 12/29/2011 for the course EDT 315E taught by Professor Brendadales during the Fall '10 term at Miami University.

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