Orthographic (spelling) knowledge with Dr. Ann Sharp

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Dr. Baker interviews Dr. Ann Sharp about different explanations for spelling abilities. For more information about Dr. Sharp’s work see Reading Research Quarterly volume 43 number 3

CITATION: Baker, E. A., & Sharp, A. (2008, October 20). Orthographic (spelling) knowledge. Voice of Literacy. Podcast retrieved from http://voiceofliteracy.org

By Dr. Betsy Baker, Dr. Candace Kuby, Dr. Sarah Vander Zanden and Dr. Amanda Goodwin 02/06/2017 07:00 PM

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  1. Earl Douglas wrote on 10/30/2008 05:18 PM

    Great, Ann. I learned a lot from your discussion. I, too, have a problem with spelling, and it seems to get worse as I get older. I need to get some more information from you as I am certain I could make much progress.Take care, Ann, and God bless you

  2. dana wrote on 07/14/2009 06:23 PM

    I am encouraged to hear Dr. Sharp's sequential learning concepts. I have seen with my daughter who is affected by dyspraxia, thrive only with this sequential method. Our public school uses a Language! program that does just the opposite and thus, my daughter's gain in her 2nd and 3rd grade year was flat. When we used sequential learning books that reinforced phonemic awareness and programs like wilson, read naturally, LIPS and Seeing Stars to name a few, we saw an immediate turn around. The sad part though, is that my daughter lost 2 years of skill sets because of the school's adamance that they were providing the skills that fit her need. We have since left the public school to give her the resources and skill sets she needs at a Language Based Learning school and she is once again thriving with multiple programs that are addressing reading, spelling and comprehension through with programs that only work as building blocks on what she has mastered. I would encourage parents who are seeing anything similar to this to ask their schools if their children's learning needs are being addresses with a prescriptive approach to learning.

  3. Dr. Kris Miller wrote on 07/28/2009 12:17 PM

    Hello Dr. Sharp and Dr. Baker, I currently am mentoring a very bright 9th grade girl who absolutely can not spell. It seems in her recalling reading and spelling instruction in grades 3 and 4, she either was not taught phonetic, word patters, features of words or strategies, or she did not move beyond her "inventive spelling" which was acceptable in her early writing in grades 1-3. She does not, however, have difficulty reading orally and connecting sound/speech patterns. She is now so habitually dependent on much of her "inventive spelling" to be corrected by word processing she is having extreme difficulty [re learning] the spelling development she missed in her elementary years. My point is this: "inventive spelling" should not be assumed to work itself out with young elementary students. "Inventive spelling" or often referred to as whole language learning produced many poor spellers who continue to be poor spellers as adults. These poor spellers often also become poor writers because they do not develop academic writing vocabulary either. As Dr. Sharp pointed out, spelling is far more complex than people, educators, parents, and students believe. I would be interested in a response to spelling instruction for middle and high school students who are conflicted with poor spelling strategies beyond "investive spelling". Thank you for your website. I will contiue to explore this spelling problem for older students. Regards, Dr. Kris L. Miller Clearwater, Florida ESL, Reading Specialist Clearwater High School/ St. Petersburg College

  4. Shazia Aziz wrote on 10/30/2009 10:49 AM

    This website is a wonderful forum for teachers, students and parents who are interested in making the learning process as interesting and effective as possible to take benefit from.

  5. Pauline Rohrmann wrote on 09/14/2010 07:07 AM

    Hi Dr Sharp, I am working with a second grade child who has dyslexia and has difficulty spelling. Can you recommend a program that the parents could use at home and would find easy to follow. Thank you, Pauline Rohrmann

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