This project surveyed teachers who were in the second year of the
implementation of a developmental spelling program based on Words Their
Way, developed by Bear, Invernizzi, Templeton, & Johnston. (2004). The
teachers were all from Kindergarten through second grade and had some
previous experience with the program. An anonymous, electronic survey was
given three times during the school year requesting teachers reflect on their
practice, the support they received as they were implementing the program,
and the challenges encountered in implementation. Most teachers wrote
about their grade level colleagues and how much support they gave each
other. When challenges arose, they often came up with solutions as a team.
Teachers also wrote about many strategies they used to keep student
engagement high. One challenge that teachers wrote about more than once
related to grading practices and how difficult they found it to level their
students for the purposes of the quarterly report card.
University of Minnesota M.A. dissertation. Advisor: Deborah Dillon. 1 computer file (PDF); iii, 50 pages, appendices A-c. Ill. (some col.)
Burkhart, Jessica Lynn.
Words Their Way: A Survey of Teachers Using the Approach as a School Words their way: a survey of teachers using the approach as a school-wide spelling program..
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