Read Oregon: An Oregon Collaborative for Improvement of Literacy

formerly known as CREADE
Collaborative Reading Education And Distance Education

ONLINE COURSE (Blackboard)

ED 567: Spelling matters (2 credits)
Spring 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014
Fall 2007, 2008, 2010
Spring 2014: 03/31/14 06/13/14

Dr. Carol Lauritzen, Eastern Oregon University

Developmentally appropriate classroom practices in the teaching of spelling based on theory and research on learning to spell and the nature of English spelling. Intended to develop knowledge of the principles underlying how children learn to spell and the developmental stages through which learning progresses in order to design spelling programs that work.
PREREQUISITES Graduate standing. There are no required prerequisites for this course. However, learners are assumed to be teachers with access to elementary and/or secondary students.
This is an online Blackboard course. Activities include textbook readings with online discussion, reports, and classroom application. Participants will:
  1. Become more knowledgeable about the nature of English spelling
  2. Become more knowledgeable about children's development in spelling
  3. Become aware of various approaches to learning spelling
  4. Design aspects of a successful spelling program for classroom use
STANDARDS This course supports the following International Reading Association's 2010 revised Standards for Reading Professionals:
1.1 Candidates understand major theories and empirical research that describe the cognitive, linguistic, motivational, and sociocultural foundations of reading and writing development, processes, and components, including word recognition, language comprehension, strategic knowledge, and reading-writing connections.
1.3 Candidates understand the role of professional judgment and practical knowledge for improving all students' reading development and achievement.
2.2 Candidates use appropriate and varied instructional approaches, including those that develop word recognition, language comprehension, strategic knowledge, and reading-writing connections.
2.3 Candidates use a wide range of texts (e.g., narrative, expository, and poetry) from traditional print, digital, and online resources.
3.2 Candidates select, develop, administer, and interpret assessments, both traditional print and electronic, for specific purposes.
3.3 Candidates use assessment information to plan and evaluate instruction.
5.2 Candidates design a social environment that is low risk and includes choice, motivation, and scaffolded support to optimize students' opportunities for learning to read and write.
Learners will evaluate current spelling programs and make recommendations for change, assess students' spelling development, and create lessons to foster students' spelling growth.
CORE/ELECTIVE This graduate course can be used as 2 core or elective credit(s) in the Literacy Strategies & Methods thematic area in the 24-credit Reading Endorsement program, the 12-credit Literary Education program, or for individual professional development. Please consult an advisor at your home institution about adding this course to your program.
INSTRUCTOR Dr. Carol Lauritzen, Professor, College of Education, Eastern Oregon University. Fourteen years of K-12 experience including 3 years as a classroom teacher and 11 years as a language arts specialist. (BA, University of Nebraska; MA, Ph.D., University of Missouri)
K-12 teachers wishing to learn effective techniques to aid their students to become better spellers and writers.
Students should expect to spend 6 hours per week for 10 weeks in course-related activities (e.g., reading the text and course materials, posting to discussion forums, completing written reports/papers and classroom-based assignments). This course is online and does not require in-person attendance. Assignments are completed on the learner's time schedule and are due as posted.
TEXTBOOK Textbook(s) are required for this course. You will find the textbook listed in the syllabus that is posted online at the EOU website or you may contact the instructor. For most classes, the EOU Bookstore will be a source for the textbook.
COST No course in the ReadOregon curriculum will cost more than $359 per credit, including all fees.
CONTACT For more details on this course, please contact Dr. Carol Lauritzen.


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