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Posted on October 20, 2014 3:45 am
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mequqy
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Spelling Tests
Many teachers have done away with traditional spelling tests, but in my third grade classroom last year, I saw the negative influence upon students, especially in their writing. Though phonics instruction was provided early on in their education, the lack of spelling instruction resulted in their lack of knowledge of spelling and recognizing words within different texts. Should spelling tests be implemented again, or are they too outdated for today's students?
 
     
     
 
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Posted February 24, 2015 4:04 pm

zyWute
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I think spelling tests should be in the classroom still. Although we have spellcheck and other tools to help us with spelling in today's day, children need to know words on their own. What happens when they are writing on paper and don't have a computer? We cannot become solely reliant on technology, we still need students to learn spelling.
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Solution 2
Posted February 20, 2015 8:40 pm

aBudyP
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I think spelling tests should be used. If students never have a chance to practice spelling words, then any writing assignments they have later on they could have trouble with sounding out words and thinking through their spelling.
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Solution 3
Posted October 20, 2014 10:49 pm

umyhyT
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I know every student is different, but for me personally, spelling tests really did help me. Like in the situation you presented, my teachers noticed the same negative impact in my classroom when spelling tests were taken away.
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Solution 4
Posted March 9, 2015 1:37 pm

yPyjeW
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Absolutely! Spelling textbooks AND tests should be be implemented again! I am an outstanding speller. When I was in school, we had an actual textbook with guided work every single day, as well as tests every Friday. We were not only asked to spell the words, but were asked every single afternoon to complete an assignment involving the words and comprehension. My younger sister (4 years younger), is a horrible speller. She has had to rely on "spell check" to guide her through both undergrad and her Master's program! It's embarrassing to her. Students today rely too much on the computer to do their work for them, just like students in math classes rely on calculators instead of reasoning through the particular strategies needed to complete the problem.
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Solution 5
Posted September 30, 2015 3:48 pm

Megan Lee
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I think that spelling tests should continue to be used in the classroom. In one of the classes that I observed, the teacher had students do a variety of activities on their weekly spelling words in addition to learning how to spell them. Some of these activities were finding the definitions for each word, and using the words correctly in a sentence or paragraph. At the end of the week, students turned in all of their activities and were given the spelling test. I found this strategy to be very effective, it helped students learn how to both spell and correctly use the words, improving their writing skills.
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Solution 6
Posted March 10, 2015 12:33 am

edyRav
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I believe spelling tests should be implemented again to provide accountability for the students. If they do not feel there is value placed on spelling, they will not value it in their work. I do believe that many students do not retain the words they studied each week. I think teachers should incorporate spelling words from various weeks throughout the year, so the students do not study them one week and then forget them by the start of the next week.
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Solution 7
Posted October 5, 2015 3:30 am

Caitlyn Bogatin
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I believe they are necessary because I myself struggle with spelling and I think if it was found to be more important or focused on a little bit more when I was in elementary school then maybe I would be better at spelling. I would just do something a little more fun for them to practice like cut and pasting or drawing a picture or making a story with the words.
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Solution 8
Posted October 11, 2015 5:58 pm

dubaNu
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I believe that spelling tests are extremely beneficial to students. Not only does it help them learn how to sound words out, but their vocabulary words can be words they will use for the rest of their lives.
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Solution 9
Posted March 12, 2015 1:45 am

eTypaX
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I have stopped giving Spelling Tests in my classroom. In writing when I conference with the students I expect to see the pattern we are working on in phonics to be used correctly in their writing. I also expect the sight words we are working on to be spelled correctly. I use checklists when I conference and spelling is a section on the checklist. I try to conference with my students each week and we refer back to the checklist each week to hold them accountable for what we talked about previously.
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Solution 10
Posted March 12, 2015 3:46 pm

yqureZ
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I think that spelling tests should be used still. I teach in high school and students cannot spell many common words correctly and have to use their phones to check the spelling of words. Putting in these tests again will help to build up this foundation for spelling.
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Solution 11
Posted March 15, 2015 3:09 pm

ByHuSu
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This year was the first year I have not used spelling tests, and I just went back to them last week. Spelling tests with random words are good, but I don't think that is the point of the tests. I think they are best used when they focus on a specific phonics pattern for the week. By having the students memorize those spellings, it will help them make connections for similar words in the future, even if that particular word was not on a spelling test. Sometimes repetition really is best.
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Solution 12
Posted February 24, 2017 6:08 pm

gyVyPe
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I think that spelling tests should still be implemented into the classroom. I believe it gives students the opportunity to learn new words and not just look towards a word wall for the spellings.
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