|Should the third step read: "Determine the correct spelling and usage"|
Picked up from twitter:
This is an excerpt from an email from the FLDOE about a Common Core training I must attend. Grammar is important! UGH http://yfrog.com/obf82xp
Common Core provides teaching lessons in spelling but in a different manner than years past. From The baltimoresun.com and Howard finds a new way to teach spelling:
"Spelling is definitely taught differently in schools now," said Fran Clay, coordinator of Elementary Language Arts for the county school system. "We're trying to get far beyond just memorizing a list of words. The focus now is on word study, on vocabulary, phonics, as well as spelling. We want students to understand how and why words work."
The new spelling regimen, part of the Common Core standards for language arts being instituted in Maryland public schools, is based on the "Words Their Way" curriculum developed by Donald Bear, a former teacher and researcher in literacy development.
Under this approach, students use "word sorts" to compare, contrast and analyze words, to recognize patterns, and to learn spelling principles.
The one commenter to the article addressed the problems with words like "ensure" and "insure":
Teachers have been discovering ‘new’ methods for teaching spelling for several centuries, and they all appear to produce better results for a year or two. But because at least 3,700 common English words contain some unpredictably used letters as in 'a blue shoe flew through to you too' (all of which are shown at http://englishspellingproblems.blogspot.com/2010/11/english-spelling-rules.html ), even gifted spellers take at least 10 years to learn them all, and nearly half of all students never manage to do so.
Nothing but modernisation of English spelling habits will ever make much of difference to that.