SMART Spelling is an approach that supports primary school teachers in the systematic teaching of spelling. There is a clear Foundation – 6 scope and sequence that is well established in many schools. Teachers start by teaching the meaning of words to expand vocabulary and then break words into syllables, sounds and letter patterns (graphs, digraphs and trigraphs).
In a SMART Spelling classroom, students are explicitly taught spelling patterns, one at a time. Teachers choose a range of words (from simple to complex) from a suggested list in the manual. Students are then guided to choose from that list, to meet different needs. Personal words are also a focus in SMART Spelling. Teachers use their strong professional knowledge they gain in the course to give meaningful feedback to students about their spelling in writing, teaching at the point of need.
Teachers need the training (either face to face or video) and a copy of the SMART Spelling manual to implement this approach successfully.
Schools love SMART Spelling because it’s systematic. Teachers love it because it makes sense!
The same content as in the face to face course broken up into 14 videos. As you watch, refer to the 48 pages of printable notes that are provided! A total of 2.5 hours of video content that will take a whole school day to complete thoroughly and you have access for a month.
There are dedicated question and answer parts on each video where you can type in your questions and Michelle will answer them!
The 263 page manual is separate $88 purchase. You don't need the manual to do the course, but you will need it to successfully implement in a classroom.Get Access Here!
"The online SMART Spelling course was so helpful after having read the manual. It really brought all of the concepts and ideas to life for me. It was full of really informative theory behind spelling, and was packed with amazingly useful and fresh practical recommendations for how to implement and run the SMART Spelling program in my classroom. My class and I started it today!"
"The SMART spelling online course is extremely informative and engaging. You are able to work through the course at your own pace, as it is broken into 14 short video segments which are supported by clear notes. Not only does this training improve your professional knowledge and understanding of teaching spelling, but it provides you with excellent practical lessons, strategies and ideas that you can use in your classroom straight away. No longer is spelling seen as a never-ending list of rules and exceptions for both you and your students to learn."
"I recently did the SMART Spelling course online. It is informative, user friendly, easy to follow, achievable and effective. My children love learning this way and are showing amazing results. Thank you Michelle for this amazing resource."
"I recently completed the SMART Spelling Video Course online, and can highly recommend it. I found it very user friendly and easy to follow. It is a great program and something I have already stated implementing into my classroom. Michelle is so relatable, and her program really makes sense! It was great to be able to make comments as ask questions after each video and I also found it helpful to re-watch the concepts I wasn’t too sure about. Thanks Michelle"
"The SMART Spelling online course is easy to follow as you can progress through the videos at your own pace. I found this to be a comprehensive, multisensory program that gives teachers practical teaching ideas and strategies to use to increase students understanding of sound letter relationships and the meaning of words. This program empowers teachers by providing them with the knowledge of spelling concepts and understanding of how to teach spelling effectively to our students. I have already begun to teach SMART Spelling in my classroom. My students are actively engaged and are really enjoying studying their words and improving in their spelling each day."
"I am sitting here loving your videos. They are so informative. It is very easy to follow, easy to access and very helpful! Absolutely something all teachers should listen to!"
"I have just completed your video course and I am blown away at how much I have learned. The best part about it being on video is that I can replay the bits I don't understand or forget along the way. This program is great value for money for any school. Thank you Michelle for taking the mystery out of spelling and making it logical and achievable."
"My favourite thing about the SMART Spelling Approach is how it really ‘lets kids in on the secret’. The explicit nature of the approach doesn’t shy away from using correct terminology with even the youngest of learners and empowers them to see themselves as capable and confident, readers, writers and spellers. I also love how whilst it is explicit and direct the weekly study approach provides the opportunity for word and spelling inquiry to also support an inquiry based philosophy to teaching and learning. After completing this course I am left feeling inspired and invigorated to start using this approach in my classroom. Thank you Michelle."
"Thank you Michelle. This has been fascinating. I have always loved language and teaching reading and spelling, but I have learnt lots of new strategies through your videos. I am going to have such fun teaching my students using these new strategies. "
"We have found these videos to be an invaluable resource that has given us not only the skills to implement the SMART spelling but the motivation to make spelling meaningful in all of our classrooms from Kinder to 6. We were looking for a program that catered not only for the range of learners but to also address the many spelling deficiencies observed in our children and based on the information provided SMART spelling will meet this need and more!!!!"
Payment is either with credit card or with a school's purchase order number that you enter in at checkout. A tax invoice will be emailed to you.
Letters and Sounds
The SMART Spelling Sequence
Giving Meaningful Feedback in Writing
The F - 6 Scope and Sequence
How Words Work: Letters
How Words Work: Sounds
How Words Work: Syllables
How Words Work: x and u
Either End of the Curve
Spelling Study Activities
The 4 SMART Spelling Rules
Answers to Your Questions
SMART Foundation is specifically for teachers of foundation classes - the first year of school.
It has video training presented by Michelle Hutchison that is supported by printable notes and you also get digital downloads that contain everything you need to use this approach straight away!Learn More
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