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It’s clear there’s a broad gap between research findings being published and the application of the same findings in the classroom.

In a recent Weekend West Opinion article,”Read the signs – it’s time for a brave new teaching world”, by Alanna MacTiernan, a bold challenge is proposed to our education system as a whole. Failing a significant number of our students and adhering to outdated and unsupported research frameworks, it’s disturbing reading. I wish I could say I’m surprised but I’m not.

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Have you noticed students get words correct in spelling tests but struggle applying their new knowledge in written work? Do you wonder why this happens? As a general rule students require many opportunities to rehearse their skills in contexts of increasing complexity. This means if classroom teachers instruct spelling primarily at a single word level, this transfer will never be guaranteed.