Introduction to Codebusters
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 6 No. 1 (2005): Vol-6-Issue-1-January-2005
It is so ignored that university teacher-preparation programs do not even include a single course on
how to teach spelling.
Lacking professional guidance, teachers concoct a variety of approaches. Some present a list of
words and tell their students to memorize them for Friday’s test. Others have their students finger-paint
the words. Others dwell on complex rules, such as: “In monosyllabic words ending in a terminal
consonant, double the terminal consonant before adding –ed or -ing.”
Spelling is so ignored that California’s entire content standards for eighth grade spelling instruction is
four words long: Use correct spelling conventions. That’s it. One sentence. Four words.
No wonder students cannot spell.