We’re turning our attention, in this edition, to spelling and writing instruction. J. Richard Gentry outlines why spelling should be hot in the coming year, Alison Madelaine discusses why weekly spelling lists may not be the best way to teach spelling, and Damon Thomas asks, ‘does The Writing Revolution work?’.
On reading, Tiffany Peltier and Linnea Ehri discuss how orthographic mapping and sight word learning can be supported by systematic phonics instruction. Pamela Snow busts some myths and misconceptions about the teaching of reading, Tim Shanahan reflects on Reading Recovery, and Jennifer Buckingham discusses why we should be leaving behind benchmarking assessments and levelling.
And if you’re looking for some more summer reading, our editorial committee provides some of their picks from the year – and what you might not want to bother with – in What We’ve Been Reading.